Al Qaeda Terrorist Group

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Al Qaeda Terrorist Group Paul Leclair University of Phoenix CJA/300 William Barnes December 8, 2005 Abstract Al Qaeda is arguably the most well-known and most dangerous Islamic terrorist organization in the world. It was established around 1990 by a Saudi millionaire, Osama Bin Laden, to bring together Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion. The goal of the organization is to reestablish the Muslim state throughout the world. Al Qaeda works with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow regimes it deems "non-Islamic" and remove Westerners from Muslin countries. Groups affiliated with Al Qaeda have conducted numerous bombings and other violent attacks throughout the world that have resulted in the…show more content…
These plots included the bombings of the African Embassies in 1998 and the September 11, 2001 attacks. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks against America, American-led forces toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Approximately half of the senior Al Qaeda leadership was captured during the American-led campaign, along with crippling the group's communication network. The exact size of Al Qaeda is unknown, but the group likely has several thousand fighters. The estimated numbers of people who trained in camps or fought in Afghanistan ranges from 20,000 to 60,000 but these are not all Al Qaeda members. Al Qaeda serves as an umbrella organization that carries out its own terrorist acts as well as a focal point for other extremist groups. Some experts believe that Al Qaeda is an organization in transition. The losses of many of the group's leaders and their base in Afghanistan have disrupted the organization. While Al Qaeda's definitive structure is unknown, experts fear that the organization can continue to operate if they lose senior leaders due to the entrepreneurial spirit in its lower-level fighters. Al Qaeda is a network with global reach and is reinforced by its ties to Sunni extremist networks. Until the American-led attack, Afghanistan was where Al Qaeda's base of operation, logistics, and training facilities were. Al Qaeda has since branched out and has cells or collaborators found in south Asia, Southeast Asia, the
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