In 1988, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world was formed. They call themselves al-Qaeda, which translates from Arabic to “The Base”, and originated in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist organization and are considered the top threat to the United States of America. The biggest attack that the group has planted was the events of September 11, 2001. When the U.S. responded with the War on Terror in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda relocated to Pakistan. Intelligence agencies have found that the organization is slowly regrouping and regaining strength of Afghanistan borders. History of Al-Qaeda
There is no exact date to which al-Qaeda was formed, but researchers say it was sometime around August of 1988 by Osama Bin Laden. It is formed by Islamic “Holy Warriors” and its main purpose in 1988 was to help fight off the Soviets in Afghanistan. According to GlobalSecurity.org, “al-Qaeda helped finance, recruit, transport and train thousands of fighters from dozens of countries to be part of an Afghan resistance to defeat the Soviet Union.” The groups current goal is a “global jihad”: to rid all Muslim countries, which is what they see as an influence of the West, and replace them with Islamic regimes. Since the early 90’s, Bin Laden and his associates have launched many attacks all over the World, including two separate events at the World Trade Center. On February 26, 1993 a bomb exploded in a garage underneath the World Trade Center, killing 6 people and injuring over 1,000 others. Eight years later on September 11, 2001, another attack is plotted on the World Trade Center resulting in close to 3,000 casualties. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda have performed many bombings and attacks on U.S. embassies in the small amount of years they have been together. Leadership and Membership
The specific structure of al-Qaeda is currently unknown, however there is a broad understanding of how they...
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