University of Phoenix
December 8, 2005
Al Qaeda 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. Al Qaeda works with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow regimes it deems "non-Islamic" and remove Westerners from Muslin countries. Groups affiliated with Al Qaeda 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.
Al Qaeda 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 Al Qaeda financially and operationally supports Islamist terror groups around the globe, its core remains Bin Laden and the Arabs who fought alongside him during the 1980's. This paper will talk about the history and structure of Al Qaeda, along with some of the operations and activities Al Qaeda has carried out in the past and the participants before and after the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The origins of Al Qaeda are rooted in the Afghanistan resistance to the Soviet invasion from 1979 to 1989. Believing that the war with the Soviet Union was a holy battle between Islam and the infidel, Osama Bin Laden, the son of a wealthy Saudi contractor, traveled to Afghanistan to aid in the fight. At the time of the war, Afghanistan lacked both the infrastructure and manpower for a...
Have you ever wonder what is the biggest terrorist network?? I bet you haven’t, but
wait.... there is not just one there is more than just one network. As one of the biggest terrorist
network, Al-Qaeda takes the number one spot globally. It’s a network that’s led by Muslims and
Islamist people. In examining problems caused by ignorance and hate, I will focus specifically on
how this concepts have contributed to terrorism globally and the frightening of its people and I
will discuss what is being done about it by our country and its allies.
Terrorism has caused a problem all around the globe. There has been myths that currently
exist about this problem. Its been said that terrorism is a global problem and its being lead by Al-
Qaeda the biggest terrorist network known about. “Terrorism lead by Al-Qaeda has been has been
compromising both a multinational stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling
for global Jinab”(Al-Qaeda.) This is important in different ways, Al-Qaeda has many networks
which add up to just one big network. This is important because all this networks are adding up
not to just one big link but different ones that are terrorizing...
...Islamic terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and the North American based Christian terroristgroup 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 groupAl-Qaeda and their position outside of mainstream Islam, one must understand where they began and who helped bring them to such prominence. This is...
Al-Shabaab or the “Youth” terrorist organization
June 9, 2013
The organization Al-Shabaab, or "The Youth," is an al-Qaeda-linked group and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization fighting for the creation of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia.i The group, also known as Harakat al-Shabaabal-Mujahideen, and its Islamist affiliates once held sway over Mogadishu and major portions of the Somali countryside, but a sustained African Union military campaign in recent years has forced the group's retreat from most major towns, including its former stronghold in the southern port of city of Kismayo. In early 2013, many experts believe al-Shabaab, facing both internal and external pressures, is greatly weakened. Still, others warn the group remains a threat in a politically volatile, war-torn state.ii
The origin of Alshabaa began when the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was began to formed in Kenya, major changes were taking place in Mogadishu that altered the landscape of Somalia.iii The capital had been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting throughout the civil war due to the numerous warlords competing for control of various neighborhoods. As a result, lawlessness was rampant for more than a decade, as robbery, rape, kidnapping,...
...Terrorism can be defined as threatening use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. It is the act of terrorizing or the state of being terrorized. Most acts of terrorism are committed by terrorist organizations. Terrorist organizations use terror to accomplish their mission or objective. One of the most infamous terrorist 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...
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 terroristgroups 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...
In 1988, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world was formed. They call themselves al-Qaeda, which translates from Arabic to “The Base”, and originated in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist organization and are considered the top threat to the United States of America. The biggest attack that thegroup has planted was the events of September 11, 2001. When the U.S. responded with the War on Terror in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda relocated to Pakistan. Intelligence agencies have found that the organization is slowly regrouping and regaining strength of Afghanistan borders.
History of Al-Qaeda
There is no exact date to which al-Qaeda was formed, but researchers say it was sometime around August of 1988 by Osama Bin Laden. It is formed by Islamic “Holy Warriors” and its main purpose in 1988 was to help fight off the Soviets in Afghanistan. According to GlobalSecurity.org, “al-Qaeda helped finance, recruit, transport and train thousands of fighters from dozens of countries to be part of an Afghan resistance to defeat the Soviet Union.” The groups current goal is a “global jihad”: to rid all Muslim countries, which is what they see as an influence of the West,...
...Paper 1 – Al-Qaeda
It would not at all be surprising if this decade comes to be known as the decade of terrorism in years to come. Since the turn of the millennium, terrorism, maybe more than any other global issue or topic, has plagued the world stage with constant news and horror. It can be argued that terrorism is a problem with no solution and no end in sight. The Islamic militant group, Al-Qaeda, is the most well known terrorist organization in the world. Al-Qaeda has been held accountable for some of the most tragic and horrifying acts of terror in history. Still, many people do not fully understand what Al-Qaeda is, who is behind it, and why it exists. A fluid, agreed-upon definition does not exist for the extremist organization, run by Osama bin Laden and responsible for the September 11th terrorist attacks, but rather a multitude of beliefs on the number, strength, and whereabouts of Al-Qaeda.
Most researchers and historians point to August 11th, 1988 as the origin of Al-Qaeda as an organized group. However, it was the events leading up to this meeting that caused Osama bin Laden and a small group of extremist leaders to officially organize what had grown into a large, strong Islamic following. From December...
...and Future of AlQaeda
United States President Barack Obama announced on May 1, 2011 that “Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with the United States forces in Pakistan.” The death of Osama bin Laden is certainly a major blow to the AlQaedaterrorist network causing many of its leaders to go underground. Yet, the threat of AlQaeda still exists and many intelligence officials believe it has only grown. Since September 11, 2001 the terrorist network expanded into a global terrorist organization with thousands of followers. And when examined critically, the death of Osama bin Laden disrupted the AlQaedaterrorist network yet, AlQaeda still poses a significant threat to Western nations in the future.
First, since September 11, 2001 bin Laden had been in hiding and played more of an idol for AlQaeda than he did an operational leader (site). For ten years it was nearly impossible for bin Laden to actively communicate within the organization since he was afraid it would lead to his capture and the demise of current AlQaeda operations.(site) AlQaeda leaders are in hiding...