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focuses on inspiring and encourage Islamic movements and Muslims to attack any perceived as a threat to Islam. The group's goal is to expand on the Jihad movement by continuously highlighting the widespread suffering that Muslims have experienced at the hands of the United States and its allies in an attempt to inspire jihadist groups across the goal to pledge their allegiance to Al Qaeda[ CITATION AlQ19 \l 1033 ]. Categorizing the GroupBased on the views and motivations of Al Qaeda I believe the definition stated in the Code of Federal Regulations "the unlawful use of force and violence against person or property to intimidate or coerce a government, civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherancefor political or social objective" [ CITATION Ter2 \l 1033 ]identifies the group. However, I alsobelieve the international terrorism definition also successfully describes this organization. Al Qaeda waged war on the United States, specifically the 9/11 attacks. It has also successfully committed acts of violence on our nation's western allies like the 1998 attacks on the two U.S. embassies in Africa. International terrorism is defined as "violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups who are inspired by, associated with, designated foreign terrorist organizations or nations" [ CITATION Ter1 \l 1033 ].Political IdeologyThe group identifies with the radical international Jihadist movement, which stems from the Sunni Islamic Extremists. The commonality shared amongst Al Qaeda and its allies "is their commitment to the radical international jihad movement, which includes a radicalized ideology and agenda promoting the use of violence against the "enemies of Islam" in order to overthrow all governments which are not ruled by Sharia (conservative Islamic) law. A primary tactical objective of the movement has been the planning and implementation of large-scale, high
4profile, high casualty terrorist attacks against the U.S. interests and citizen, and those of its allies, worldwide" [ CITATION Wat02 \l 1033 ]. As mentioned, its primary target is the United States, as it believes it is the root of the problems faced in the Middle East. The organization's