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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.
    • Causes
    • 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.
    • Effects
    • 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.
    • Video
      http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish?blend=23&ob=5#p/search/20/WCmHnb1U1cs