Ideology Al Qaeda is one of the most hunted terrorist groups in all of history

Ideology al qaeda is one of the most hunted terrorist

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Ideology Al-Qaeda is one of the most hunted terrorist groups in all of history and “the campaign of holy war unleased by Al-Qaeda is likely to outlive itself and the current generation of Islamists. This is because Al-Qaeda’s real strength lies not in its global infrastructure and membership per se but in its overarching and highly appealing ideology” (Gunaratna). Al Qaeda tries its absolute best to inspire Islamists and Muslims to attack those who they believe are enemies of Islam. Osama bin Laden’s and some of his associates have been spread out, arrested and killed, his terrorist group has survived the hits and the group and its ideology has remained strong and intact (Gunaratna). Strength in Numbers Al-Qaeda has been a strong terrorist group for over 20 years. Although the amount of attacks has gone down since the early 2000s, that doesn’t mean that this terrorist group doesn’t exist. The number of active members that Al-Qaeda still has is approximately 200-300 active members (Al-Qaeda). In Al-Qaeda’s prime (late 1990s, early 2000s), it was believed that Al-
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Qaeda had up to several thousand members actively participating in 40 different countries (Al- Qaeda). With numbers like this, it was easy for bin Laden’s organization to come up with so many terrorist attacks. Funding When Al-Qaeda first started, part of the financing came from bin Laden’s own personal wealth (Financing). Although Osama bin Laden was quite wealthy, another source of income for Al-Qaeda was participating in heroin trade and receiving donations from supporters in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states near Islam (Financing). Donors for Al-Qaeda were part of what Al-Qaeda called “Golden Chain”, a list of all the donors. Bosnian police got a hold of this list when they seized it in a raid. This list was made up of many beneficiaries, businessmen and politicians (Financing). Method of Attacks Al-Qaeda’s methods of attacks weren’t just to attack and cause fear, they seeked to kill and most of the time, they went to kill a lot of people. Some of the members of Al-Qaeda are recruited from Europe’s prison system with prisoners that shared sells with incarcerated Al- Qaeda members or prisoners that were in nearby cells. In January of 2015 in the Paris attack, it was said that two of the attackers were recruited in European prison by Djamel Beghal (The Counter Extremism Project). Al-Qaeda along with members of ISIS have modernly focused their
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  • Summer '19
  • Michael Logan
  • Al-Qaeda, September 11 attacks, Al-Qaida

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