Congress Warned About Evolution of Jihadist Networks


WASHINGTON – Terrorism experts warned Congress last week that Islamist terrorist groups are expanding in complex networks across the Middle East, highlighting the evolving nature of the threat these organizations pose to the region.

Seth Jones, a national security analyst with the RAND Corporation, told the House Armed Services Committee that there has been an increase in the number of Salafi jihadist groups, particularly in North Africa and the Levant. Al-Qaeda is the largest one, and all emphasize the importance of returning to a pure Islam and believe that violent jihad is a religious duty.

He said that while about a half-dozen terrorist groups have sworn allegiance to al Qaeda’s core, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, there now exists various Salafi jihadist groups that have not formally pledged allegiance to the militant group, and yet they share a common goal of establishing an extreme Islamic emirate.

“They are committed to establishing…

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2 responses to “Congress Warned About Evolution of Jihadist Networks

  1. A bit worrying! And yet, I guess they haven’t done a lot since September 11. Still, we shouldn’t be complacent.

  2. Thank you for an inspiring response. The reason I post things like this is that I think we are all in danger of becoming complacent.Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of what is important.

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