Al-Qaida will take decades to eradicate, thinktank says

By Mark Tran Al-Qaida has retained the ability to plan and coordinate large-scale attacks in the west, a leading thinktank warned today. The terrorist group has proved adaptable and resilient, the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London said in its annual survey, six years after the group became a household word with its attacks on America’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. “The United States and its allies have failed to deal a deathblow to al-Qaida; the organisation’s ideology appears to have taken root to such a degree that it will require decades to eradicate,” IISS said in its 2007 strategic survey.