The downfall of the al-Qaeda could be their affinity for Western women. According to a report released through a Danish Newspaper (Jyllands Posten), a man named Morten Storm worked as a double agent for Denmark and the CIA in an attempt to capture Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader and cleric.
For six years Storm allegedly worked undercover as a Muslim, and established connections with al-Awlaki. When al-Awlaki went into hiding, he contacted Storm to help him procure a wife- a western wife. While the man already had two wives of his own, they didn’t understand his western way of thinking and were not in hiding with him.
A Croatian woman and Muslim convert by the name of Aminah was eventually set as his bride to be. Storm was the matchmaker and Aminah was oblivious to the fact that he was working with Western powers. While the two (Al-Awlaki and Aminah) were eventually married, the plan to capture Al-Awlaki through tracking devices was foiled. A suitcase given to Aminah by Storm, carrying a very important tracking device, was left behind in a hotel room and the mission failed.
Al-Awlaki was later killed by U.S. drone strikes and Storm claims this was only possible because of intelligence gathered by him. The CIA hasn’t commented on the story.