DM 576 Week 3 Assignment (2)

DM 576 Week 3 Assignment (2) - DM 576 Week 3 Assignment 1...

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DM 576 Week 3- Assignment 1. Prepare a five (5) page summary describing both a current or suspected domestic and an international terrorist group or individual. In your summary, be sure to include the following elements: - Describe key similarities and differences between the groups/individuals. - Describe at least one type of terrorist activity, which is attributable to each group/individual. - List the primary motive(s) behind each terrorist act. - In your opinion, which network or individual pose the greatest threat to the U.S.? INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST GROUP: AL-QAIDA OR AL-QAEDA Al-Qa’ida was established by Usama Bin Ladin or Osama Bin Laden, in 1988 with Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, the group was the instrumental tool used by the CIA to weak the former Soviet Union during that period of the cold war. Osama Bin Laden, a member of a prominent Saudi Arabian business family, led an informal grouping which became a leading fundraiser and recruitment agency for the Afghan cause in Muslim countries; he recruited Islamic fighters to the conflict, distributing money and providing logistical skills and resources to both fighting forces and Afghan refugees. (2) The group helped to finance, recruit, transport, and train Islamic extremists for the Afghan resistance. Their goal was to connect Muslims to fight the United States and consequently defeat Israel, removing from power regimes it deems "non-Is-lamic," and driving out Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries. Their ultimate goal would be the establishment of a multi- Islamic kingdom throughout the world. A statement issued in February 1998 under the banner of "The World Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders"(1) affirming that is the duty of all Muslims to kill US citizens, civilians and military, and their allies everywhere. “Merged with al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad) in June 2001, renaming itself ("Qa’idat al-Jihad.") Merged with Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s organization in Iraq in late 2004, with al-Zarqawi’s group changing its name to ("Qa’idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn") (al-Qa’ida in the Land of the Two Rivers).” (1)
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After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 many veterans of the war promised to fight for Islamic causes anywhere in the world (2). The invasion and occupation of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 saw the United States, and the coalition troops sent to Saudi Arabia in preparedness for expelling Iraqi occupying forces from Kuwait. (2) Al-Qaeda was strongly opposed to the Saddam’s Hussein, and Bin Laden had offered use of his fighters' services to the Saudi throne, but the deployment of 'infidel' forces to Islamic sacred territory was seen as an act of treason by bin Laden. (2) He placed the grouping in militant opposition to the United States and its allies, with Al- Qaeda claiming that the United States were oppressive toward Muslims citing the U.S. support for Israel, and the
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