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Why Terrorists Quit: Gaining From al-Qa`ida’s Losses

In recent months, there has been a spate of seemingly good news in the counter-terrorism arena, as former terrorist leaders and clerics have renounced their previous beliefs. While these are clearly positive developments, what effect will these renunciations have on al-Qa`ida’s current members, and on others who are well on their way to becoming terrorists? This article examines cases of individuals who have decided to quit involvement in a terrorist organization.

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