Terrorism Within The 21st Century

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Brittany Sciolaro
Terrorism in 21st Century
Dr. Guler
10/25/15
Al Qaeda

Violent acts to frighten people and trying to achieve political goals; one of the many definitions of terrorism. There are more than over one hundred different definitions of terrorism. There is no consensus among countries about the definition of terrorism. Even the United States cannot define terrorism due to conflicts within other countries and states.
The leader of the al Qaeda terrorist organization is Osama Bin Laden. It was formed approximately in 1988 and is still going strong today. The goals and objectives of the Jihad is to establish the rule of God on earth, to attain martyrdom in the cause of God, and to purify the ranks of Islam (their religion is the only thing that should be believed and there should be no deviation from it.) Although Bin Laden was killed by a U.S. led raid in May 2, 2011 and many of his top lieutenants have been killed, his ideology and threats still carry on in today’s world. The goal is to continue the holy war and establish a pan-Islamic extremist group by working with allies to overthrow regimes. It deems “non-Islamic” and expelling westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries.
The most recent leader of al Qaeda is Ayman al-Zawahiri, an eye surgeon who help found the Egyptian militant group Islamic Jihid. He was the main leader a few weeks after the confirmation of Osama Bin Laden’s death. It is believed that he was the mastermind behind the9/11 attacks. He is
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