The current century has seen the rise of many dangerous terrorist organizations that plagues the world disrupting, terrorizing and killing people who prefer to live peacefully. While it is true that some of them have some grievances for justifying their atrocious acts, it is deplorable that they tend to use violence as a means of achieving their goals.
Terror groups who have a special grudge against the United States are most dangerous groups according to FBI who tend target anything that is related to America like people, interest and even allies.
Here are the 21st century’s top 5 most dangerous terrorist organizations:
5. Al-Nusra Front
This group is considered to be a branch of Al-Qaeda who is based in Syria and Lebanon. The group was formed during the Syrian Civil war on January 23 2012 and they’re considered to be the most effective, successful and aggressive of all rebels fighting in Syria. The US, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the UN consider this group to be one of the dangerous terrorist organizations. The usual terror tactics of assassination, assaulting military bases, suicide-attacks, car-bombs and destruction of media station friendly of the Syrian government are employed by the group. There are reports that the group is being supplied chemical weapons. The group like other radical Islamic groups aims to create an Islamic state.
4. The Taliban
The terrorist group Al-Qaeda was not the only one to flourish in Afghanistan during the Soviet War. A fundamentalist political movement named the “Taliban” (students) began throughout the country when its government that was setup after the war was failing. Like other dangerous terrorist organizations whose main ideology is radical Islam they are devout believers in Sharia Law and when they came into power they enforced this strict interpretation of Sharia on the people. The group has a brutal treatment of women thanks to this. Al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden have enjoyed sanctuary in Afghanistan thanks to the Taliban. But after September 11 2001 when one of Al-Qaeda‘s attacks was successful against America the Taliban were overthrown thanks to an American-led invasion of the country. While in power it ruled as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan though only Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan (whose military and intelligence are supportive of the group) gave it diplomatic recognition.
3. Boko Haram
Also known by its official (and long) name Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (translated as Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad) this dangerous terror group is based in Nigeria and is active in other places like Chad and north Cameroon. The name “Boko Haram” means “western education is forbidden” and living up to its title the group denounces the reading of other books besides the Quran. As a group it also seems to advocate educational and scientific ignorance as stated by its leader Mohammed Marwa who states that he rejects the idea of the Earth as sphere as well as opposing Westernization by violent means. To date the group has carried out attacks on the Nigerian government and kidnapping men, women and children. As one of the world’s dangerous terrorist organizations it is more motivated and better armed compared to Nigeria’s army.
The most famous (or infamous) of the world’s dangerous terrorist organizations which was allied with ISIL as mentioned next to this deadly group. It was founded during the Soviet’s Afghanistan war by the late Osama bin Laden who is a famous (or infamous) terrorist leader. As group it is an army that has no state, multinational, and is very radical group of Muslims who adhere to Wahhabi Islam’s precepts. The group is known for many infamous terror acts around the globe most are directed at the US like the 1998 US embassy bombings, World Trade Center bombings and the now infamous September 11 attacks. It also has attacked Shia, Sufis and other Islamic sects as well as liberal Muslims.
1. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)
Considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations whose main goal is world domination or to be more specific establish a Worldwide Caliphate which is a one-world government that is theocratic (and predictably dictatorial) in nature. It’s current leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has more or less proclaimed himself as “Caliph”. The group was originally linked to Al-Qaeda and is held responsible by the United Nations for committing war crimes, human rights abuse and ethnic cleansing. The group is also well-funded and utilizes social media propaganda. The group is fond of taking videos of them executing their prisoners. However these actions of theirs might bite them eventually as evidence by King Abduallah of Jordan’s retaliatory strike after they group executed on of his pilots by burning him alive. For its brutal actions the group has alienated many people including their fellow Muslims and 60 countries are at war with directly or indirectly.
It is necessary for countries to work together to suppress and crush these terror groups. Terrorism is not just one nation’s problem, it involves all.