Despite the fact that UBL is dead and the US counterterrorism apparatus has been full steam ahead for the past twelve-plus years since 9/11, the threat of terrorism around the world remains as strong and steadfast as ever. While al-Qaeda proper may have been all but snuffed out through precision drone strikes, night raids, and HVI targeting in various hotspots around the globe, al-Qaeda as a franchise has managed to spread radical militant Islamist ideology all over the world with rapid dispersal.
This spread of radicalism has given birth to many offshoot groups, many of whom represent ideals and end-states that continue to threaten Western interests abroad. This breed of terror has seen a divergence away from radical Islamism and turned more towards the rise of Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs), a catch-all term for the often complex violent organizations operating in even more complex environments that threaten stability and security around the world.
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Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is also another good resource. I am one of their expert contributors.
Wow. This is awesome! And means there will be quite a few less sleep hours in my days ahead... many thanks for posting!
Just added the GTD to my list of open source data providers. Great heads up, thanx 14Charlie!
14Charlie MotleynomadWell, the amount of detail about what's going on and where is just amazing in this NCTC file. I get briefings from the unit I am in on stuff going on "here and there".....but sometimes being able to reference more info on your own is ALWAYS a good idea. I'm not a SOF guy, but after a SERE school or two (literally)....you really value UNDERSTANDING who has you in the unfortunate event you rolled up!!!! I really enjoy reading how some of these bad guys have "loose ties" to other units and how they share joint goals in certain areas of the world. The financial money train for these units has got to be cut off. Like the fire triangle, I think money is a big part of their game (fuel).
Motleynomad Haha so what you're saying is....