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By: Gabriel Frolick Al-Qaeda By: Gabriel Frolick
A Description of the Problem Al- Qaeda is a multi-national radical Islamist terrorist organization. Al- Qaeda’s goals include; The spread of Islam. Elimination of western influence in the Middle East Destroy Israel. Establish a Muslim nation, adhering to the rules of the original caliphs. Al- Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden also says that the jihad (religious duty) of the Muslim people is to wage a holy war on America and her citizens.
Civil War in Afghanistan Civil War in Afghanistan has been going on for over 2,500 years, it is rooted in religious conflict between the Sunni and Shiite tribes.
The conflict began over who would be the caliph (successor) of the prophet Mohamed when he died.
The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan The Soviets invaded Afghanistan on December 27th, 1979.
They were attempting to maintain communism in Afghanistan and keep the Mujahideen out of power.
Jihad The Jihad is the religious duty of a Muslim. Its direct English translation is “struggle”. Many radical Islamists including Al- Qaeda define it as a holy war and have waged war on America as their religious duty.
Terrorist Attacks 1993 World Trade Center 1994 Bojinka, Philippine Airlines Flight 434 1998 U.S.-embassy bombings September 11, 2001, attacks November 15 and November 20, 2003 Istanbul attacks March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings 2004 Khobarmassacre July 7, 2005 London transport bombings November 9, 2005 Amman hotel bombing April 11, 2007 Algiers bombings June 2, 2008 Danish-embassy bombing 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting 2009 Northwest Airlines Flight 253 2010 cargo plane bomb plot
Heightened State of Alert in Homeland Security Air travel has stricter security checkpoints. DHS taking greater measures in counter- terrorism.
US Invasion of Afghanistan NATO forces invaded Afghanistan on October 7th, 2001 and launched Operation Enduring Freedom. This was a response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th that year. The objective was to Find Bin Laden.
Solution The only apparent solution is to take out the heads of the organization but we have failed to find them. The US is also occupying Afghanistan and Iraq as an attempt to keep Al- Qaeda and the Taliban out of power while attempting to prevent the recruiting and protecting civilians which for the most part is unsuccessful. My Idea for a solution is to pull all forces out of the Middle East, and place all our efforts into homeland security.