...organizations is Al-Qaeda.
Established in 1988 by militant Islamist, Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda traces all the way back to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. It operates as a network comprising both a multinational and stateless army. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and various other countries. The overall mission of Al-Qaeda is to attempt to overthrow godless regimes and replace them with Islamic regimes. Furthermore, the terrorist organization desires to convert al-Qaeda into an ideology and set of operating principles that can be loosely franchised in other countries without requiring direct command and control.
Al-Qaeda also states several other missions which include gathering information about the enemy, the land, the installations, and the neighbors, kidnapping enemy personnel documents, secrets, and arms, assassinating enemy personnel as well as foreign tourists, and freeing the brothers who are captured by the enemy. Other missions also include spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy, blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin; not a vital target, blasting and destroying the embassies and attacking vital economic centers, blasting and...
...terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and the North American based Christian terrorist group the Army of God obviously sympathize with that statement. Each organization has set personal vendettas against the United States and the policies the US has established regarding their stray from the conservative, traditional practices within each of their faith traditions. Through that warring, essentially extremist ideology, Al-Qaeda and the Army of God have set themselves apart from their religious affiliates, outside the mainstream philosophies of Islam and Christianity. However, as erratic and irrational as these groups’ principles seem, their backgrounds and ideologies lend some sort of practical insight into the minds of these organizations, who have seemingly defied the very foundations of their faiths. From the warring mountain regions of Afghanistan to an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, these two organizations, hundreds of miles apart and centered around two different religions, are eerily linked in the violence and terror they instill upon the unsuspecting public.
In order to fully understand the Muslim jihadist group Al-Qaeda and their position outside of mainstream Islam, one must understand where they began and who helped bring them to such prominence. This is where Osama Bin Laden, America’s most wanted man following the September 11th...
Al-Qaeda around the World
By: Kenneth Higgins
Terrorism that has affected the world on a large scale for centuries by many different people groups; over the past century there has been an increase in the frequency and devastation of terrorism attacks. There has also been a concentration in both the target of terrorist attacks and the groups committing these attacks involve innocent peoples. When most people think “terrorism” the first thing that comes to mind for an American is 9/11. With that forethought comes the thoughts of Muslims, Islam, and the often negatively stigmatized Middle Eastern part of the world. Not all Muslims are “terrorists” but they are out there. There are many organizations in the world committing terrorist acts in the world on one of the largest, complex, and most sophisticated Islamic terrorist groups in the world is Al-Qaeda. Created only 25 years ago, they have grown into one of the largest, most spread out terrorist organizations, and are responsible for some of the most tragic terrorist attacks to have ever taken place in the world. In this paper I will give an overview of Al-Qaeda, including their history, motives, and other topics related to the organization
The history of AlQaeda is somewhat short but very complicated. AlQaeda has its...
...AlQaeda Terrorist Group
University of Phoenix
December 8, 2005
AlQaeda is arguably the most well-known and most dangerous Islamic terrorist organization in the world. It was established around 1990 by a Saudi millionaire, Osama Bin Laden, to bring together Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion. The goal of the organization is to reestablish the Muslim state throughout the world. AlQaeda works with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow regimes it deems "non-Islamic" and remove Westerners from Muslin countries. Groups affiliated with AlQaeda have conducted numerous bombings and other violent attacks throughout the world that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. In 1996, Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States, and two years later, he vowed to attack Americans and their allies, wherever they are.
AlQaeda is the leading multi-national Islamic terrorist network. It was founded and is still led by Osama Bin Laden, a multimillionaire from Saudi Arabia who became an active Islamist in 1979, when he went to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union. Though AlQaeda financially and operationally supports Islamist terror groups around the globe, its core remains Bin Laden and the Arabs who...
...Laden to mean holy war.” As the war drew to a close, the increasingly radical bin Laden formed alQaeda, or "the Base" in Arabic, an organization of ex-mujahedeen and other supporters channeling fighters and funds to the Afghan resistance. (CNN).
As fore mentioned, Bin Laden is the founder of the jihadist organization, AlQaeda. AlQaeda is an international Sunni Islamic movement founded in 1988.AlQaeda was formed during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Financed by Bin Laden, they have camps based in Afghanistan and Sudan. Their objective is to end foreign influence in Muslim countries and to create a new Islamic caliphate (wikipedia). Initially, AlQaeda targeted the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The United States became a target after the start of the Gulf War. In addition to directing its’ own attacks, it acts as an umbrella group financing and subcontracting operations to local networks like Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group, Iran’s Hezbollah, and jihad groups in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia (Time). AlQaeda is not only limited to the Middle East, their network has been identified in areas all over the world from Southeast Asia to Europe. AlQaeda is labeled as a terrorist organization by many international groups such as NATO’s Security Genera, the...
...Inside Al-Qaida: Ideology, Structure, Targets, and Tactics
Columbia Southern University
October 30, 2012
Inside Al-Qaida: Ideology, Structure, Targets, and Tactics
The purpose of this paper is to briefly describe and analyze the USA Patriot Act and its abilities to prevent, protect, and/or respond to current and/or future Al-Qaida terrorists attacks.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 of Al-Qaida’s workers hijacked four
U.S. commercial airliners for use as suicide weapons, killing 2,972 people making it the most deadly act of terrorism and the first known suicide terrorist attack in the U.S. “How much freedom are Americans willing to give up for safety from terrorists?” This question, proposed by a January 2003 feature in USA Today newspaper, resides at the center of debates about homeland security. More than a year after 9/11 terrorists attacks on the U.S., the federal government’s stepped up security efforts are still a major focus today” (Torr, 2004).
New homeland security measures weighed by policy makers and outside viewers using two values: “their success in preventing terrorist attacks and the impact it would have on the American people”. It included a combination of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks such as random bag checks at the airport, as well as wide-ranging policies in the way intelligence was being gathered and law...
...November 5, 1990: First Bin Laden-Related Terror Attack in US as Jewish Rabbi Is Assassinated
Meir Kahane. Egyptian-American El Sayyid Nosair assassinates controversial right-wing Zionist leader Rabbi Meir Kahane.
November 4, 1991: Al-Qaeda Linked Assassination Attempt on Exiled King of Afghanistan
Zahir Shah. [Source: Associated Press]An assailant posing as a Portuguese journalist stabs Zahir Shah, the former king of Afghanistan, in his home in exile in Rome.
Dec. 29, 1992
In the first al-Qaida attack against U.S. forces, operatives bomb a hotel where U.S. troops -- on their way to a humanitarian mission in Somalia -- had been staying. Two Austrian tourists are killed. Almost simultaneously, another group of al-Qaida operatives are caught at Aden airport, Yemen, as they prepare to launch rockets at U.S. military planes. U.S. troops quickly leave Aden.
--Feb. 26, 1993
The first World Trade Center attack and the first terrorist attack on America. A bomb built in nearby Jersey City is driven into an underground garage at the trade center and detonated, killing six and wounding 1,500. Yousef, nephew of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, masterminds the attack, working with nearly a dozen local Muslims. While U.S. officials disagree on whether Osama bin Laden instituted the attack and Yousef denies he has met bin Laden, the CIA later learns that Yousef stayed in a bin Laden-owned guest house in Pakistan both before and...
...The Evolution of Al-Qaeda leading up to ISIS: The New Face of Terror
In this paper, I will focus on the evolution and current status of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization leading up to one of its more recent franchises which is known most frequently by any of three names– the Islamic States in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic States (IS) – and is more brutal than the previous versions of al-Qaeda that the world has known. After three distinguishable generations of the al-Qaeda network – generation 1.0 which includes the years before the shocking attack on New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, 20011; generation 2.0 which ranges from the September 11th attacks to the death of al-Qaeda’s charismatic leader, Osama bin Laden in 2011; and finally, al-Qaeda generation 3.0, in which different forms of al-Qaeda-based terrorist syndicates2, or lone wolves3, are active around the globe. In addition to its organizational transition, their modus operandi and ideology have also changed in various ways. One of the successful reforms was the formation of the ISIS group, the more heinous version of the “core” al-Qaeda whose leaders have turned against ISIS. Although the original...