Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has employed both conventional and unorthodox means to counter the threat of additional assaults on the American homeland. While these strategies have been largely successful in thwarting further attacks of the magnitude or scope of 9/11, the dangers of a strike nonetheless remain. As the threat from Islamist fundamentalist groups has evolved from one being predominately outward to one increasingly spawn within our own borders, so too has the nature of protecting the homeland from such threats.
When the United States ousted the Taliban regime from Afghanistan, it removed the safe haven from which al-Qaeda could operate with impunity. U.S. military efforts disrupted al-Qaeda’s ability to operationalize a sophisticated attack against the United States; however, the fragmenting of al-Qaeda has also engendered the formation of similarly motivated groups throughout the region. Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda on the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and al-Shabaab are all organizations whose avowed motives are both dangerous to Western interests and inspired by al-Qaeda’s twisted interpretation of Islam.
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