TITLE

TERROR'S NEW SOLDIERS

AUTHOR(S)
Kaplan, David E.; Whitelaw, Kevin; Latif, Aamir
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
U.S. News & World Report;11/1/2004, Vol. 137 Issue 15, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As with so much in the war on terrorism, it's hard to tell if it is being won or lost.Terrorism concerns are driving much of the debate in the presidential campaign, which has unfolded amid a stream of terrorism alerts at home and attacks abroad. Yet many Americans still have only a limited understanding of who, exactly, the enemy is and whether the nation is safer. More worrisome, the nature of the enemy is changing. The al Qaeda of 9/11 is gone. In its place has emerged a more elusive foe, a loosely affiliated network linked together by local militants, the Internet, and a shared ideology of radical Sunni Islam. Al Qaeda was always a sum of many parts, relying on local groups from Indonesia to Uzbekistan. But Osama bin Laden has spread his ideology successfully enough that new, homegrown groups are emerging. One intelligence analyst sees conditions in many Muslim communities--poverty, inequality, and anger over the Israeli-Palestinian crisis--as a "petri dish for jihadists." This much is clear--the war is getting harder to fight.
ACCESSION #
14812538

 

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