An International Terrorist Organization ( Al Qaeda

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Investigate an international terrorist organization (al-Qaeda) Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist organization that was founded in the late 1980’s by Osama bin Ladin and Abdullah Azzam. The organization is still currently active today, even though it has become largely decentralized with the deaths of many of its leaders following their attack on the twin towers in New York City, on September 11th, 2001. Al-Qaeda was founded towards the end of the Soviet Union’s attempted expansion into Afghanistan. The group was initially a secret society did not even say their name, because a Dr. Hunter told us in class if an organization becomes well known government will seek them out an destroy them before they have a chance to do something. Before the events of September 11th, 2001 Al-Qaeda had launched smaller, of which some were successful, terrorist attacks against the United States. Their first attempt to attack was a failure as the soldiers that were the target stayed at another hotel. They set of a bomb at the Movenpick Hotel in Yemen, but succeeded in only killing civilians. Al-Qaeda did consider this attack successful internally, even though the outside world did not. Al-Qaeda did attempt to assassinate United States president Bill Clinton while he was in Manila in 1996. The plan was discovered and a bomb was found under a bridge that Clinton’s motorcade was supposed to go over. In 1998 al-Qaeda launched simultaneous attacks on two United States embassies in east Africa.
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