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Terrorist Organizations

Please help so I can complete the following:

Locate an example of a terrorist organization from the Foreign Terrorist Organization List BELOW.

http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/2002/12535.htm

Research your chosen terrorist organization further, using reputable sources from the Internet.

Include APA formatted citations and references for sources used in your research.

Discuss, in 1,050-1,400 words, the following:
Explain the motivation of the selected terrorist organization.

How can this knowledge of the terrorist's motivation assist in planning counterterrorist strategy?

How do the motivations of terrorists differ from the motivations of other violent criminals, such as those who commit murder, rape, and domestic assault?

How might cultural, socioeconomic, or political factors lead someone to become a terrorist or a criminal.

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Crime and Terrorism
The Al-Jihad is the name of an Egyptian terrorist group based out of Cairo. It is considered a key component of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda organization. The group has been active since 1970 and its main goal is to attack the US by overthrowing the Egyptian Government and replacing it with an Islamic state. (Cronin, Aden, Frost, & Jones, 2004) It views the US and all its citizens as legitimate targets for its role in Middle Eastern affairs. In the past, the group has mainly targeted Egyptian government officials, as well as Egyptian and American establishments.
I think that with knowing the groups' plans and ideas the US and other countries can then develop ways to stop or hinder their abilities. Knowing whom the group works with and is working for also helps counter-terrorist efforts. After 9/11, I believe that the United States has learned a lot more about this group and their plans. We have also learned new ways to spot their groups members and exactly what their goals are. Learning more about these types of terrorist groups gives a better advantage in preventing further attacks on the government agencies and will help prevent future loss of life. Because the group is so well connected, joining forces with other countries and agencies can also help the US stop these types of groups from becoming even more of a threat.
With terrorist, their motivations are to them for the greater good of their country; group; or people. They do not see their actions as being bad or evil but often see them as being what their God or country needs them to do. In the case of the Al-Jihad, they are under the ...

Solution Summary

This solution talks about Crime and Terrorism, specifically The Al-Jihad and explains the motivation behind this terrorist organization. In addition, discussed is how this knowledge of the terrorist's motivation may assist in planning counterterrorist strategy and how do the motivations of terrorists differ from the motivations of other violent criminals, such as those who commit murder, rape, and domestic assault. Finally a brief discussion on how might cultural, socioeconomic, or political factors lead someone to become a terrorist or a criminal.

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