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Al-Qaeda was born in the last stages of the Soviet-Afghan War and itgrew until the United States offensive in Afghanistan in October 2001when US forces struck the Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces White 2014 pg280 Al-Qaeda consist of men women and children ranging fromdifferent ages Osama Bin Laden Muhammad Atef and Ayman al-Zawahiriare the founders Al-Qaeda Their goal was to continue the spread ofjihad internationally The Base is headquartered in AfghanistanPeshawar and Pakistan Williams 2002 Osama Bin Laden is the mostinfluencual leader of Al-Qaeda Osamas objective was to eliminate theWestern presence in the Islamic Arab Middle East which includesbattling American ally Israel and overthrowing local allies of theAmericans and establishing Islamic regimes Zalman nd AdditionallyAl-Qaeda aimed to drive Americans and American influence out all Muslimnations especially Saudi Arabia According to Bin Laden it is the dutyof Muslims around the world to wage holy war on the United StatesAmerican citizens and Jews Hayes Brunner Rowen ndAl-Qaeda is said to be the largest terrorist organization of todayAl-Qaeda seeks to recruit members who has the same beliefs and values asthey do Al-Qaeda group size is hard to measure The exact number ofmembers part of Al-Qaeda is unaccounted for Many believe it is an ongoing terrorist group that will continue to grow because they haveexpanded their networking Bruce Hoffman stated in Wall Street Journalterrorism is not a numbers game He made the point that a smallnumber of dedicated well-trained and highly motivated individuals canhave a disproportionate impact on any societys sense of security andprofoundly affect government polices Blalink 2011Transnational Terrorism Al-QaedaTerrorism is difficult to define It is not a physical entity that hasdimensions to be measured weighed and analyzed Terrorism involvesviolent acts that are dangerous to human life When the term terrorismwas first introduced in Western history governments adjusted theirpolicies based on the way they defined the threat Terrorism grew fromthe French Revolution between 1789-1799 and the word was originallyused to describe the actions of government not
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