by Angelo Pacheco
Al Qaeda is synonymous with 9-11 and Osama Bin Laden. The organization and the mastermind will forever be linked to the major U.S. terrorist attack. Recently, Al Qaeda has been featured in Yemen. .
According to CNN’s news article, an “unsettling video shows large Al Qaeda meeting in Yemen.” Barbara Starr said, “A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.”
The video shows the contingency has moved their base and highlights Al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al Qaeda, addressing over 100 men in Yemen.
The terrorist organization seems to have been acquiring reinforcements and more membership, making them highly formidable and deadly. The message appears the same: a strong hatred and animosity towards the United States.
In the video, Al-Wuhayshi addresses his group and states, “We must eliminate the cross… The bearer of the cross is America.”
Clearly, the video implies they are planning future attacks against the United States. Al Qaeda continues with its persistency to eliminate the United States and western culture. They have marginally improved and the implementation of new tactics is evident.
CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen states, “The main problem about this group is that it has a bomb maker who can put bombs on to planes that can’t be detected.”
This is extremely alarming, because Al Qaeda is notorious for bombings on planes, infrastructure, and occupied streets. One can infer the CIA is investigating the video coverage and Yemen. They must evaluate and analyze Al Qaeda’s new strategies. The organization is faithful to their doctrine, but their war tactics are new and distinct. The CIA will monitor their actions closely.
Al Qaeda is a terrorist network; they do not have a home base and they travel constantly. There is no headquarters and their recruiting tools are modern. They use modern technology such as websites, social media, and cell phones to promote their group and as a method of mass communication. Any person, from any country can actively become a member of Al Qaeda.
The United States, along with the rest of the of the globe, is experiencing a war on terrorism that is difficult, if not impossible, to defeat. The United States must find a strategy to eliminate their networks. This seems to be an unbearable task; however, the United States must find a solution, because the organization will continue to expand and the group will not be confined to the Arab world.