Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment

(Bipartisan Policy Center) Al-Qaeda and allied groups today are situated in some 16 different theatres of operation - compared with half as many as recently as five years ago, according to a new report, "Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment," by the Homeland Security Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Boston Marathon bombings in April served as a reminder that the U.S. still faces a terrorism threat from disaffected individuals influenced by al-Qaeda's ideology. It demonstrated that "al-Qaeda-ism," the movement's ideology, continues to resonate and attract new adherents. The U.S. needs to develop defenses against the more diffuse threat posed by radicalized individuals while continuing to destroy and disrupt al-Qaeda and its associated groups, and the ideology that fuels and sustains them.

2013-09-13 00:00:00

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