"While bin Laden's death is a significant victory for the United States, al Qaeda is no longer a potent organization," Fawaz A. Gerges, author and director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics, wrote in an op-ed today in the Washington Post. "Bin Laden had become merely a symbol of hatred and violence."
But while al Qaeda itself may be fractured, it has inspired a number of offshoot groups in the Middle East, from Morocco to Iraq, that have been blamed for attacks such as last week's bombing of a popular tourist spot in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Such a threat will continue to haunt the United States and its allies. And experts believe the United States will continue the same strategy it has employed against terrorism and the war in Afghanistan to root out terror threats.
"We've killed a man but we haven't killed a movement," said James M. Lindsay, senior vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former director at the National Security Council. "It is not the final chapter in the story but it could lead to more chapters closing."