The Dynamics of North African Terrorism

7 04 2010

http://csis.informz.net/CSIS/data/images/northafricaconferencereport2.pdf
Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

This report notes that terrorism has plagued the Maghreb for decades, long before the attacks of September 11 forced the United States to respond to al Qaeda. Before 2001, however, North African terrorism was largely contained and localized. Today Maghreb extremists have developed into complex organizations that combine religious ideology with criminal networks, operating both locally and globally. As extremism has evolved in North Africa, U.S. ties with the region have also changed. Today the United States has rela¬tions with every government in the Maghreb. This new dynamic presents an opportunity for the United States to work with its regional allies in the fight against terrorism, while also promoting interregional cooperation.

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