Al-Qaeda is an international Islamic terrorist movement led by Osama Bin Laden. It originated from a war in Afghanistan. There is no specific headquarters for the Al-Qaeda movement, they are scattered all over the world through secretive cells.
Al-Qaeda has many connections.
Some of the groups connected with Al-Qaeda are Jemaah Islamiya, Islamic Army of Aden, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Abu Sayaff group. The strategy of the group in terms of attack includes bombing, hijacking and suicide attacks. One of the most terrifying attacks by the group was the September 11, 2001 bombing in the US, specifically the world trade center and the pentagon that took thousands of lives.
Great efforts and budget should be exerted in order to mitigate these terrorists. First move is to locate the movement’s leaders.
The leaders are the brains of the movement therefore knowing their leader’s whereabouts will help conquer the group faster.
Since the group is scattered all over the world, a bigger budget must be allocated in finding their locations to find their leaders. The next thing to focus on is to know the group’s strength. Knowing the group’s strength will help in making decisions of what to do in case of an attack. And again since the group is decentralized a bigger budget is necessary to assess the group’s strength. Peace talks are also a possible solution to lessen the expenses and damages that might be brought about by war with these terrorist. It might work but in case it does not, the government should invest in some weapons that are to be used as defense to such attackers.
There are many other ways to mitigate what was considered a terrorist group but then before putting plans into actions some considerations must be made such as the lives of the innocent people in the area. Think before we act.
Council on Foreign Relations (2008, April 18). Al-Qaeda. Retrieved on June 6, 2009, from http://www.cfr.org/publication/9126/