Terro. Case 2.

Terro. Case 2.

One of the two courses of this term is Principles of Terrorism and one of its requirements is the 4 case studies required this term in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 and the fifth one will be optional
. Let me first remind you the course description (which can be found in the syllabus I sent you) : DMM 627 Principles of Terrorism (3-0-3) The types of terrorism, along with the social, political and psychological motivations and ramifications of terrorism are the focus of this course. Terrorism threat risk assessment and prevention strategies are also components. Now, let me give you the description and the instructions of all the case studies (taken from the syllabus as well): Instructor will post 4 cases in the Assignment section; Please read the cases and answer the questions on all 4 cases. The assignment should post in the assignment section as well as in the discussion board section for student feedback. The cases are scheduled for the last day of MOD2, MOD4, MOD6, and MOD9. Instructor requires that the paper be in length between 2-4 pages in addition to references.
FOR THIS WEEK, I have the second Case study that should be done in 4 pages (NOT INCLUDING THE REFERENCES PAGE). What is required in this Case Study 2 is as follows:

WEEK 4: Ultimate Goals of Jihadist Terrorists

In order to understand and anticipate future terrorist efforts, particularly in terms of attacks, one must understand what the ultimate goals of the terrorists are. For instance, rather than the destruction of the United States that many Americans seem to believe is the foremost goal of al Qaeda (AQ), the top three primary short terms goals for its existence – as published by Usama bin Laden – have been (1) overthrow of the Saudi regime; (2) destruction of Israel; and (3) removal of all infidels from the Arabian Peninsula. However, the manner in which those goals can realistically be achieved, and what secondary tier goals AQ has, must be examined.

CASE STUDY 2: From your own perspective, knowledge, opinions, reading and research, what other short and intermediate term goals do you think AQ would have in furtherance of its grand, strategic goal of the creation of a global pan-Islamic caliphate? In looking at each of those goals, briefly discuss the role of the United States, its protection of its vital interests, and prosecution of its global policies, that would be obstacles to AQ. Secondarily, in light of U.S. military and government intervention in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and the southern Philippines, among others in recent years, would it even be possible for AQ to pursue those shorter term goals without confronting the United States and targeting it? From the other side of that analysis, examine what success AQ would be likely to have in the pursuit of all of its goals if it succeeded in cowing the U.S. and its allies into a non-intervention policy – particularly where AQ was concerned – in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Pakistan and elsewhere.


Giduck, When Terror Returns (2011), pp. 105-176.

Bernard Lewis, The Crisis of Islam (New York: Random House: 2003), Chapter 3.

Rohan Gunaratna, Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (New York: Berkley Books, 2002, 2003), pp. 72-126.

Reich, ed., Origins of Terrorism, David C. Rappaport, “Sacred Terror: A contemporary example from Islam,” pp. 103-130.

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