One of the most notorious global terrorist organizations is Al-Qa’ida. This organization continues to multiply across the globe infecting the next generation with radical Islamic fundamentalism, in turn ensuring the survival of their cause. This group is responsible for a multitude of terrorist activities throughout the world. Recent reports suggest that Al-Qa’ida is continuously plotting future attacks using men, women, and children. A plethora of notorious organizations are using children as catalysts for their deviant activities. Al-Qa’ida is among these groups in exploiting the vulnerability of youth. This paper examines the evolutionary process of the role of children in the Al-Qa’ida terrorist network. As Al-Qa’ida expands and public awareness of the organization’s mission increases, they are seeking new methods to enhance support as well as increase their efficacy. I will examine the role that children play in this development. First, I will identify the tactics implemented by the terrorist faction to recruit youth; second, I will identify the operations in which children held vital roles; and, finally, I will examine ways in which the cycle of terror that reigns within the Al-Qa’ida network may be broken.
|Keywords:||Children, Terrorism, Al-Qa’ida, Al-Qaeda|
Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Florida, USA
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