The US Department of State has released its annual report on global terrorist activity for 2012. The report paints a generally rosy picture of global terror trends, highlighting in particular the effectiveness of operations targeted at al Qaeda (AQ) affiliates around the globe.

The direct targeting of al Qaeda leadership has led to the decentralisation of the terror group, the core cadre of leadership in Pakistan under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri has given up most responsibility f...

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