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Ekaterina Stepanova

In: Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization

Chapter 10: Al-Qaeda Inspired Transnational Terrorism: Ideology and Organizational Forms

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Al-Qaeda Inspired Transnational Terrorism: Ideology and Organizational Forms
Al-Qaeda inspired transnational terrorism: Ideology and organizational forms
EkaterinaStepanova
Introduction

Throughout history, terrorist means have been used by militant groups of different religious orientation, often blended with nationalist and socio-political ideological elements. However, the main terrorist threat to international security in the late 20th–early 21st centuries has been posed by transnational Islamist terrorism.

The challenges posed by Islamist terrorism at the transnational level can only partly be reflected by quantitative indicators. In the period from 1968 until 2006 that is covered by available data, all religious terrorist groups, including Islamist actors, were responsible for a minority of international terrorist attacks. Even with the rise of Islamist terrorism in the late 1990s–early 2000s, the number of international attacks committed by Islamist terrorists ...

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