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Al Qaed A Global Threat

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Al Qaeda- Global Threat

Ricky Langlois

Florida Atlantic University

Abstract

Al Qaeda is a global organization founded by Osama Bin Laden. It is one of the most powerful and rich terrorist organizations in the world. The group is responsible for major attacks such as September 11th and many other bombings. Through the years Al Qaeda has transformed from a terrorist organization into a fighting group. It is now something known as jihadist networks. These networks of Al Qaeda are so powerful and can be seen as a global threat because of their worldwide supporters, financial means and their access to weapons.

Al Qaeda- Global Threat

In 1988, Osama Bin Laden founded
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