Al-Qaeda's Terror Network Research Paper by Peter Pen

Al-Qaeda's Terror Network
This paper describes the internal structure and operations of the Al-Qaeda terror network.
# 93114 | 3,793 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007
Published on Mar 09, 2007 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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In this paper, the author argues that the rapid changes in society have allowed power to shift to "non-state" actors. The most notorious among them is the Al-Qaeda terror network. In this paper, the organization of Al-Qaeda is evaluated and its international connections are considered the reason for Al-Qaeda's continued operations. The author also examines Al-Qaeda's financing and the shared religious beliefs among its members. The September 11th attacks are also discussed.

Research Questions
Loose Network of People Connections
Case 1: Bombings in Istanbul
Solid Structured Organization
Case 2: September 11, 2001
Leads of the Al-Qaeda
The Al-Qaeda Today
Case 3: The Madrid Train Bombing

From the Paper:

"Al-Qaeda, the largest international terrorist network, is a distributed, roaming and non-territorial network. It functions as a hybrid peer-to-peer network through its combined use of advanced information technologies and traditional halawa exchanges, in which a central source triggers the actions that are carried out by individual nodes. It is organized in self-contained nodes that function autonomously and its responsibility and authority is devolved down to the lowest possible level. This networked structure of authority and accountability is most evident in al-Qaeda operations, as cells planned and carried out operations with considerable and independence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Testimony of Ahmed Ressame <>
  • Testimony of bin Laden aides <>Testimony of bin Laden <>
  • Robinson, Adam. Terror on the pitch. Great Britain. Mainstream Publishing Company Ltd.
  • Honderich, Ted. After the terror. Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press Ltd.

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