Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda Comparison Essay by JCowie024

Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda
A comparative analysis of the differences between the organized crime of the Latin Kings Street Gang and the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.
# 97255 | 2,098 words | 7 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper compares the Latin Kings, which are the largest Hispanic gang and the terrorist group Al-Qaeda which became the most infamous terrorist organization after the September 11th attacks on the United States. The paper discusses how even though these organizations have many similarities in how they operate as well as many differences. It looks at how some similarities involve the fact that they have leadership structures, are involved in criminal activities and will not hesitate to take the life of anyone who opposes the organization. It also examines how some of the differences between the groups include the reasons the organizations came to be, their motivation for action and the willingness to die for the organization.

History of the Latin Kings
History of Al-Qaeda
Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda: Similarities
Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda: Differences

From the Paper:

"Unlike the Latin Kings, the terrorist organization of Al-Qaeda has not been in existence nearly as long. In Arabic Al-Qaeda means, "The Base," and is a network of extremists organized by Osama bin-Laden. (Hayes & Brunner, 2006). Bin-Laden is said to have begun Al-Qaeda during the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 after studying with radical Islamic thinkers. Bin-Laden became outraged when the government allowed U.S. troops to be stationed in Saudi Arabia which is considered the birthplace of Islam. The Saudi Arabian government expelled bin-Laden for anti-government activities in 1991. (Hayes & Brunner, 2006). Upon being expelled from Saudi Arabia, he established a headquarters for Al-Qaeda in Khartoum, Sudan. However, in 1994 under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the U.S., Sudan expelled bin-Laden as well. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • (unknown). Latin Kings and Queens Information. Retrieved from: on July 13, 2006
  • Cheney, Peter. (2003). The American life of an al-Qaeda scout.(International News)(Iyman Faris investigated)." Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada). (June 20, 2003): A1. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Thomson Gale. Apollo Group. 15 July 2006 <>.
  • Hayes, Laura & Brunner, Borgna. (2006). Al-Qaeda: Osama bin-Laden's Network of Terror. Retrieved from: on July 13, 2006.
  • Wikipedia. (2006). Al-Qaeda. Retrieved from: on July 15, 2006.

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda (2007, July 28) Retrieved December 05, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Latin Kings v. Al-Qaeda" 28 July 2007. Web. 05 December. 2023. <>