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Terrorist Capabilities

A photo from the scene of the Madrid train bombingswhich targeted four rush-hour trains in March 2004, killing 191 people and injuring 1,700. Investigators have attributed the attacks to a local cell of Islamic extremists inspired by al-Qaeda. (Photo Source: The Daily Mail Online)
A photo from the scene of the Madrid train bombingswhich targeted four rush-hour trains in March 2004, killing 191 people and injuring 1,700. Investigators have attributed the attacks to a local cell of Islamic extremists inspired by al-Qaeda. (Photo Source: The Daily Mail Online) 

The globalization phenomena has allowed once regional terrorist struggles to expand into global conflicts, providing groups with expanded clandestine capabilities as well as complex financing and support networks.  Terrorist groups now pull from knowledge bases accumulated from decades of terrorist struggles and augmented by techniques and training acquired from militaries all over the world.  They tend to be highly trained, tactically proficient, extremely motivated, and willing to die for their cause. Terrorists operate similar to modern militaries by developing sophisticated methods for intelligence gathering and conducting extensive planning and rehearsals for a mission.   In addition, their extreme
ideological position puts them in a state of total war with their adversary, so they have no regard for collateral damage and are willing to use violence against civilian population.

 

Examples of Recent Attacks:

Studying the attack examples below yields good insight into the capabilities and intentions of modern terrorist groups. 

 

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