A hero to some and villain to others, Osama Bin Laden is perhaps the best known al Qaeda figure.
Is al-Qaeda Winning?
Seven years into the global war on terror, is al-Qaeda winning? It's a deceptively simple question, one Owen Bennett-Jones asked in Riyadh, Peshawar and Baghdad, as well as London, Brussels and Washington for this four-part series.
Part One - Hearts and Minds
The series begins with a man who has recruited fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq, explaining al-Qaeda's global goals.
He shares the results of a BBC global opinion poll about al-Qaeda and meets ostensible US allies in Europe and Pakistan who say America's War on Terror is doing more harm than good - a charge he later puts to the US State Department.
First broadcast Monday 29 September 2008
Listen (26mins) with Major Reid Sawyer - Head of Counter-Terrorism, West Point