Threat Analysis of Al-Qaeda Analytical Essay by Nicky

Threat Analysis of Al-Qaeda
Presents a threat analysis of Al-Qaeda from its inception to its present status.
# 128139 | 2,475 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper looks at Al-Qaeda's historical background, ideology, motivation, support base, tactics and strategies, past activities and future threat potential and possible targets. Due to the seamless and fluid nature of Al-Qaeda, the author stresses, it is difficult to predict its potential targets and the extent of threat posed by Al-Qaeda. The paper concludes that, after the disruptions of Al-Qaeda because of the actions of the U.S. and other countries following 9/11, the organization serves more as a symbolic source of inspiration for dangerous Islamic terrorist splinter groups around the world rather than being involved directly in major terrorist plans. However, the global community cannot afford to be complacent and let its guard down.

Table of Contents:
Historical Background and Al-Qaeda's Origins
Al-Qaeda's Ideology, Motivation, and Goals
Ideological, International and Religious Support
Relationship with the United States/ Other Countries
Tactics and Strategies Used by Al-Qaeda
Selection of Victims and Targets
Past Terrorist Activities: Successes and Failures
Future Threat/ Potential Targets
My Own Analysis/ Opinion of the Terrorist Group

From the Paper:

"The suicide bombings also have other inherent advantages: it is simple and inexpensive; it almost certainly guarantees mass casualties and extensive damage; there are no chances of post-attack fears of interrogation since the attacker is dead; and it has a powerful effect on the public and the media because of the horror such an attack generates. The only problem is to find people who are willing to sacrifice themselves, and due to the fanatical nature of its teachings, al-Qaeda seems to have no dearth of such people in its ranks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dixon, N. "How the CIA created Osama bin Laden." Green Left online. 19 September 2001. Retrieved on October 23, 2008 from
  • Dillon, S. "Iraqi Accused of Smuggling Hundreds in Mideast to U.S.," The New York Times, 26 October 200l, p. A18. <>
  • "The Foundation of New Terrorism." (2004) Chapter 2 of National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). Retrieved on October 23, 2008 from
  • Hayes, L. et. al. "Al-Qaeda: Osama bin Laden's Network of Terror." n.d. Retrieved on October 23, 2008 from
  • Jenkins, B. M. (2002). Countering Al Qaeda : An Appreciation of the Situation and Suggestions for Strategy /. Santa Monica, CA: Rand.

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