Al-Qaeda is a household terrorist organization name that almost everyone knows. Their most recognize for conducting the attacks of September 11, 2001. The attack killed nearly 3,000 people and injured thousands more. They have already completed numerous attacks both foreign and domestic against United States personnel. The likeness of an another attack is highly probable. This being said, we must continue to do everything possible to prevent an attack from occurring.
The Origins of Al Qaeda can be traced to when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980’s. “Thousands of volunteers from around the Middle East came to Afghanistan as mujahideen, warriors fighting to defend fellow Muslims. In the mid-1980s, Osama bin Laden became the prime financier for an organization that recruited Muslims from mosques around the world.” (Hayes, Al Qaeda) This was crucial to defeat the Soviet Union. One vital person came about through this, and his name as Osama Bin Laden. The "Osama" spelling is deprecated, because there is no letter "O" in Arabic He is the proclaim founder of the group Al Qaeda. Osama believing that the war with the Soviet Union was a holy battle between Islam and the infidel. “Osama Bin Laden's experiences as a logistical coordinator and financier for the Afghan and Arab resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan during the 1980s are thought to have provided the backdrop for his belief that Muslims could take effective military action inspired by select Islamic principles”. (Blanchard, 2005). While Bin Laden was in Saudi Arabia, he was exposure to teachings of conservative Islamist scholars. With his experience in Afghanistan, and knowing of Salafist. He convey a new concept known as “defensive jihad”. Using this philosophy, Bin Laden encourages each Muslim to take it upon themselves to fight what it perceives as attacks on Muslims across the world. (UMD, Terrorist Organization Profile) After the Gulf War, he express his resentment for having US and other non-Muslim troops in Saudi Arabia. This enforced his belief of jihad, and promoted violence against the Saudi government and the United States.
Al Qaeda has 3 primary goals to include: end foreign aid, occupation in the Middle East, and to reestablish an Islamic Caliphate under Sharia law. Secular government or “man-made” law is considered unacceptable and deemed defiant to Islamic faith. “Al Zawahiri emphasized the importance of establishing control over the Middle East’s energy resources.” (Blandchard, 2005) Until these are fully achieve, Al Qaeda will not stop the battle with the infidels.
Osama Bin Laden was the leader since Al Qaeda existed. Recruiting thousands of followers along the way, in many countries that created an extensive amount of Al Qaeda members, or groups tied back to al Qaeda. This continue to occurred even after he was killed in a raid on May 2011. Al Qaeda had announced anew leader in the form of Dr....