Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on review of al-qaida terrorist organization. To learn militant Islamism views, Osama Bin Laden was assisted by Azzam and Outb. In 1986, Osama Bin Laden moved to Afghanistan where he established himself in the Afghan Mujahideen as he financially supported the group. He used the establishment in Afghan mujahedeen to form a group called Maktab al Khidamat, also known as Al Khifah, to recruit young people from the Arab world, Europe, and the United States. Some experts strongly believe that Maktab al Khidamat was the group that founded Al-Qaida.
Maktab al Khidamat was used initially to expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan and the U.S. supported its efforts with weapons and training and other financial support. In 1988, it was estimated that the group had between 10,000- 20,000 followers, but not all followers were terrorists. Osama with the support of other like-minded national Islamic leaders created Al-Qaida to expel pro-Western leaders and to establish Islamic rule in their countries. They were particularly against the U.S. because it supported Israel.
Osama Bin Laden was believed to be the founder and commander-in-chief of Al-Qaida until he died in 2011. Following his death, he was succeeded by Ayman Al-Zawahiri who took control of all the militant activities that Osama used to do, and currently, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is the leader of Al-Qaeda. Osama was advised by the Shura Council that is estimated to be 20-30 Al-Qaeda members. The CIA first described Al-Qaida in 1996 as an organizational hub that is predominantly for like-minded Sunni extremists. Currently, it is made up of Islamic extremists who may not be directly linked to Al-Qaida but still involved in malicious actions.
Al-Qaida is organized with various committees such as military, financial, the law, fatwa of the Islamic study, media, and the as sahib. The Military Committee is responsible for training, attacks, and the acquisition of weapons. Sahib was responsible for producing and supplying videos. The Media Committee produced an Al-Qaeda newspaper .called Nashrat al Akhbar and was responsible for handling public relations.