Al Qaeda as Insurgency

Morris, Michael F.
October 2005
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Autumn2005, Issue 39, p41
The article presents the views of some analysts challenging the conclusion that al Qaeda is a terrorist group. Al Qaeda menace is characterized as one of transnational terrorism by conventional wisdom, reflected in news media, public opinion and government studies such as the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. The analyst argue that al Qaeda represents a new type of insurgency. Insurgencies combine violence with political programs in pursuit of revolutionary purposes in a way that terrorism cannot duplicate.


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