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Topic - Juan C. Zarate
The attack that killed an off-duty soldier in London this week appears, like the Boston Marathon bombing, to have been the work of home-grown, "lone-wolf" extremists, underlining the very different kind of threat posed by al Qaeda now that its leadership has largely been destroyed and its ideology of global jihad left largely in the hands of individuals and small groups all over the world.
He added that he was not second-guessing that decision, but said, "We need to be careful not to amplify the effects [of such attacks] by overreacting."
After the attack, the two men reportedly encouraged bystanders to take pictures and videos of the gruesome scene, probably in an effort to maximize the public impact of their atrocity, said Mr. Zarate.