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Al-Qaeda’s Operational Strategies – The attempt to revive the debate surrounding the Seven Stages P

On September 11, 2008, the Al-Faloja forum published Al-Qaeda’s “Seven Stages Plan” – an operational strategy plan, comprising a number of stages with a defined time-table. The plan is divided into seven stages, and spread over a period of 20 years. It commenced in 2000, with the preparations for the September 11 attacks, and is meant to end in 2020. It seems that following the wish to renew the discussion surrounding the plan and circulating it to the various target communities, it was raised for discussion on the forum in September 2008.