Radicalized Sunni Muslims comprise the heart of al-Qaeda as it was founded by Osama bin Laden to fight the Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. With Osama and the founding leaders eliminated, the stateless organization remains a club for radical Islam Jihadists. The UN Security Council, NATO, EU and USA classify them as terrorists.
Who are the members now and what are they fighting against?
- First, they are Muslims who believe in governance by sharia law — Law by the Quran.
- Second, they want to expel anything that is not Muslim from what they define as lands of Islam.
They are at war with the world outside Islam. The war is transportable. Muslims who wish to practice sharia law within their families may find themselves at odds with the nation states in which they live.
Radical Muslims are at war among themselves, Sunnis vs. Shiites for instance.
Al-Qaeda members are outliers to the modern world who are often poor and exploited by wealthy leaders who enjoy power in commanding terror outside formal political institutions.
To limit and to eliminate them requires constant vigilance and attention to their formation and to their sources of funding. It requires identifying their leaders and eliminating them.
That requires international cooperation as we have with increasing focus wherever new cells emerge.
Where are Sunni Muslims?
“Most of the Muslims in the world are Sunni Muslims, their percentage is approximately 87% of the Muslims worldwide. You can find them as majorities in all of the Islamic countries except in Iraq, Iran, Bahrain & Azerbaijan.”
Al-Qaeda continues to make threats against Americans and the USA homeland. For that reason, the nation must be vigilant and continue to maintain an appropriate response against the terrorists in coordinated response to the global menace.
“Pentagon condemns return of al Qaeda in Iraq, promises ‘unrelenting’ response
By Carlo Muñoz – 07/29/12 06:00 AM ET
The Defense Department has promised a swift and “unrelenting” response to the resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq as the terror faction fights to regain ground lost to U.S. and coalition forces during the war.
On Thursday, leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on Monday that left at least 160 dead and over 200 wounded.
The car bombings and attempts to overrun military and government installations in 15 different cities marked the single deadliest day in Iraq since American forces pulled out of the country last December.
The attacks were the beginning of a new push by AQI to regain its foothold inside Iraq, terror cell leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi said in a statement released on Thursday.
Aside from claiming responsibility, Baghdadi also alluded to the group’s ambitions to strike targets inside the United States.
“You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started,” he said.”