By Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg

Examines al-Qaeda's evolution and the emergence of the wider worldwide jihadist movement--groups affiliated, linked, or encouraged through al-Qaeda--and the hazard that they pose to the us and U.S. allies and pursuits. The authors finish by means of starting up a four-pronged technique to counter the jihadist possibility.

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Com (as of March 23, 2006). com (as of March 24, 2006). 43 The jihadist Internet even has job advertisements. ”44 Al-Qaeda is certainly not unique in using the Internet. Today, virtually every major terrorist or insurgent group maintains a sophisticated Web site. However, al-Qaeda is unique in two respects. First, there is the sheer size of its Internet presence. 45 Second, al-Qaeda is remarkable in the scope of activities it conducts in this medium. com (as of March 31, 2006). com (as of October 7, 2005).

120. Al-Qaeda’s Ideology and Propaganda 17 approach, he is defending this nation. . [H]e is telling the entire nation: Since the United States has thus far failed to arrest or kill me . . then the nation . . 40 Al-Qaeda has made excellent use of various methods of spreading its propaganda, again not relying on just one medium to circulate its message. First and foremost, al-Qaeda has been heralded as the terrorist group that revolutionized its operations by successfully utilizing information technologies (IT), particularly the Internet.

First, in its pre–September 11 form, al-Qaeda refers to the terrorist entity that coalesced around Osama bin Laden in Sudan and Afghanistan in the mid to late 1990s. Second, in the post–September 11 environment, al-Qaeda is the label applied to the remnants of bin Laden’s inner circle, which at the time of this writing (August 2004) is reportedly in hiding in the remote Pakistani tribal areas along the Introduction 5 Afghan border. Finally, al-Qaeda is used to refer to the broader, globally dispersed terrorist “nebula” that continues to receive ideological inspiration from bin Laden and his inner circle.

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