Al Qaeda along with members of ISIS have modernly focused their recruiting

Al qaeda along with members of isis have modernly

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Counter Extremism Project). Al-Qaeda along with members of ISIS have modernly focused their recruiting tactics to younger adults. They say they do this because younger individuals have not ‘solidified’ their identities yet (The counter Extremism Project). Members of Al-Qaeda are trained in physical camps along with propaganda. They are taught how to carry out large domestic terror attacks while mainly focusing on arson (the Counter Extremism Project). In
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these terrorist training camps, they teach them their preferred method of attacks, train them in “small-arms combat, marksmanship, and other military-style attack tactics” (The Counter Extremism Project). While doing these training camps, they keep the groups as small as possible, and they don’t’ stay in one place for too long. Keeping the groups small and staying in places for a short period of time reduces the chance of getting caught by intelligence agents. Another important issue they teach in these training camps is how to escape and evade capture and how to behave while in captivity. They also include “how to poison yourself using your own feces” (The Counter Extremism Project). Establish Goals The U.S. defines Al-Qaeda’s goals as four separate objectives: “first, to terrorize the U.S. into retreating from the world stage; second, to use long wars to financially bleed the U.S. while inflaming anti-American sentiment; third, to defend the U.S. while inflaming anti-American sentiment; third, to defend the rights of Muslims; and finally, claims Al-Qaeda has a ‘feckless delusion’ and ‘grandiose vision’ for global domination through a ‘violent Islamic caliphate’” (Habeck). Al-Qaeda just wants to be in a constant state of war with the United States. Al-Qaeda wants to inflict pain on everything that it touches, it wants to kill and that is their main goal. Now I tried to take into account whether Al-Qaeda could’ve ever been considered as freedom fighters. I also tried to look up information about Al-Qaeda and freedom fighter so try to give them the benefit of the doubt and not try to assume that they are all that horrible, but I was not able to find anything online. The book defines freedom fighters as “one who fights on behalf of an oppressed group. A very contextual term” (p.299 Martin). Even though I was not able to find an article calling Al-Qaeda freedom fighters, based on my own knowledge about freedom
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fighters and Al-Qaeda, I would not call them freedom fighters. I do not believe that they are
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  • Summer '19
  • Michael Logan
  • Al-Qaeda, September 11 attacks, Al-Qaida

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