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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