53 Facts About Al Qaeda


Al-Al Qaeda has mounted attacks on civilian and military targets in various countries, including the 1998 United States embassy bombings, the September 11 attacks, and the 2002 Bali bombings; it has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations Security Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union, India, and various other countries.

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Al-Al Qaeda members believe a Christian-Jewish alliance is conspiring to be at war against Islam and destroy Islam.

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Al-Al Qaeda opposes what it regards as man-made laws, and wants to replace them exclusively with a strict form of shari?a.

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Experts argue that al-Al Qaeda has fragmented into a number of disparate regional movements, and that these groups bear little connection with one another.

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Al Qaeda was concurrently the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula until he was killed by a US airstrike in Yemen in June 2015.

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Al Qaeda's next alleged number two leader, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, was killed by Israeli agents.

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Al Qaeda's pseudonym was Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who was killed in November 2020 in Iran.

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Al Qaeda was involved in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Al-Al Qaeda's network was built from scratch as a conspiratorial network which drew upon the leadership of a number of regional nodes.

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Curtis contended the name "al-Al Qaeda" was first brought to the attention of the public in the 2001 trial of bin Laden and the four men accused of the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa.

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In 2006, it was estimated that al-Al Qaeda had several thousand commanders embedded in 40 countries.

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Tens of thousands loyal to al-Al Qaeda and related organizations were able to challenge local and regional stability and ruthlessly attack their enemies in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and Russia alike.

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The number of al-Al Qaeda militants was set at 20,000 in Syria alone, and they had 4,000 members in Yemen and about 7,000 in Somalia.

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Documents seized during the 2002 Bosnia raid showed that al-Al Qaeda widely exploited charities to channel financial and material support to its operatives across the globe.

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Doctrinal concept of "Al-Al Qaeda" was first coined by the Palestinian Islamist scholar and Jihadist leader Abdullah Azzam in an April 1988 issue of Al-Jihad magazine to describe a religiously committed vanguard of Muslims who wage armed Jihad globally to liberate oppressed Muslims from foreign invaders, establish sharia across the Islamic World by overthrowing the ruling secular governments; and thus restore the past Islamic prowess.

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Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote that the word al-Al Qaeda should be translated as "the database", because it originally referred to the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen militants who were recruited and trained with CIA help to defeat the Russians.

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Militant Islamist movement of Al-Al Qaeda developed during the Islamic revival and the rise of the Islamist movement after the Iranian Revolution and the Afghan Jihad.

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Al Qaeda alleged that the West approaches the Muslim World with a "crusading spirit"; inspite of the decline of religious values in the 20th century Europe.

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Al-Al Qaeda readily adopted Sayyid Ahmad's doctrines such as returning to the purity of early generations, antipathy towards Western influences and restoration of Islamic political power.

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Al-Al Qaeda seems implacably opposed to it, as it holds Shi'ism to be heresy.

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Research suggests that al-Al Qaeda was formed on August 11,1988, when a meeting in Afghanistan between leaders of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abdullah Azzam, and bin Laden took place.

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Notes indicate al-Al Qaeda was a formal group by August 20,1988.

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Al Qaeda asserted that the Arabian Peninsula has been "occupied" by foreign invaders and excommunicated the Saudi regime due to its complicity with United States.

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Al Qaeda's family was persuaded to cut off his stipend, $7million a year, and his Saudi assets were frozen.

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Al Qaeda vehemently denounced the US-allied Gulf monarchies; especially the Saudi government for westernising the country, removing Islamic laws and hosting American, British and French troops.

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On July 26,2020, a United Nations report stated that the Al Qaeda group is still active in twelve provinces in Afghanistan and its leader al-Zawahiri is still based in the country.

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Al-Al Qaeda sought to open the "offensive phase" of the global Salafi jihad.

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In 1996, al-Al Qaeda announced its jihad to expel foreign troops and interests from what they considered Islamic lands.

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Al-Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist Ramzi Yousef operated in the Philippines in the mid-1990s and trained Abu Sayyaf soldiers.

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Al-Al Qaeda has launched attacks against the Iraqi Shia majority in an attempt to incite sectarian violence.

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In Somalia, al-Al Qaeda agents had been collaborating closely with its Somali wing, which was created from the al-Shabaab group.

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Somali al-Al Qaeda recruited children for suicide-bomber training and recruited young people to participate in militant actions against Americans.

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In December 1998, the Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center reported to President Bill Clinton that al-Al Qaeda was preparing to launch attacks in the United States, and the group was training personnel to hijack aircraft.

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On September 11,2001, al-Al Qaeda attacked the United States, hijacking four airliners within the country and deliberately crashing two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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In September 2021, after the success of 2021 Taliban offensive, al-Al Qaeda congratulated Taliban and called for liberation of Kashmir from the "clutches of the enemies of Islam".

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Al-Al Qaeda has carried out a total of six major attacks, four of them in its jihad against America.

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Internally, al-Al Qaeda considered the bombing a victory that frightened the Americans away, but in the US, the attack was barely noticed.

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Attacks were conducted by al-Al Qaeda, acting in accord with the 1998 fatwa issued against the US and its allies by persons under the command of bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and others.

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Al-Al Qaeda is deemed a designated terrorist group by the following countries and international organizations:.

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The capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a senior al-Al Qaeda operative wanted by the United States for his involvement in the 1998 United States embassy bombings, on October 5,2013, by US Navy Seals, FBI and CIA agents illustrates the importance the US and other Western allies have placed on North Africa.

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Three al-Al Qaeda operatives carried out the Mostar car bombing in 1997.

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In 2012, Russian Intelligence indicated that al-Al Qaeda had given a call for "forest jihad" and has been starting massive forest fires as part of a strategy of "thousand cuts".

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Al-Al Qaeda did not begin training Palestinians until the late 1990s.

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The Israeli security and intelligence services believe al-Al Qaeda has managed to infiltrate operatives from the Occupied Territories into Israel, and is waiting for an opportunity to attack.

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In 2002, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on a trip to Delhi, suggested that al-Al Qaeda was active in Kashmir though he did not have any evidence.

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US officials believe al-Al Qaeda was helping organize attacks in Kashmir in order to provoke conflict between India and Pakistan.

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Panag said al-Al Qaeda had strong ties with Kashmiri militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed based in Pakistan.

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In January 2010, US Defense secretary Robert Gates, while on a visit to Pakistan, said that al-Al Qaeda was seeking to destabilize the region and planning to provoke a nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

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Al-Al Qaeda turned to the Internet for release of its videos in order to be certain they would be available unedited, rather than risk the possibility of al Jazeera editing out anything critical of the Saudi royal family.

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In 2007, al-Al Qaeda released Mujahedeen Secrets, encryption software used for online and cellular communications.

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Gunmen with links to al-Al Qaeda have been increasingly kidnapping Europeans for ransom.

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Experts debate the notion that al-Al Qaeda attacks were an indirect result from the American CIA's Operation Cyclone program to help the Afghan mujahideen.

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In Saudi Arabia, only ten percent had a favorable view of al-Al Qaeda, according to a December 2017 poll by Terror Free Tomorrow, a Washington-based think tank.

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