(Peter Bergen is a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation).
For what its worth none of the AQ leadership are in urban areas. That was a very costly mistake for them. Since 2004 they are all in the FATA.
No leaders of al Qaeda have been killed or captured in urban areas since 2004. Before that many were — KSM, al Shibh, Abu Zubayda etc. Since then AQ leaders who have been killed or narrowly avoided being killed have been on the receiving end of Hellfire missiles in the tribal areas.
— Peter Bergen
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