Al Qaeda Expands With "Corporate Takeovers"

Gives groups arms, training, and support
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2007 10:23 AM CDT
Al Qaeda Expands With 'Corporate Takeovers'
This image released by the Search for International Terrorist Entities Institute are said to be of Sohaib abu Malih, a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb thought to be the suicide bomber in a July attack that killed several Algerian soldiers.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Al Qaeda is expanding its size and abilities through "corporate-style takeovers" of regional extremist groups—offering arms, training, and support in return for allegiance. Analysts say this expansion represents a huge threat to the West, as the terrorist organization gains thousands of willing foot soldiers.  "They are creating franchises and buying franchises, offering expertise, networks, money," says a Brookings senior fellow.

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Case in point: the Islamic Maghreb, an Algerian group that aligned itself with Al Qaeda on September 11, 2006. The formerly cash-strapped group is now launching frequent suicide attacks. A bombing intended for the Algerian president killed 20 people this month. The group has shifted focus from simply overthrowing the Algerian government to attacking a range of Western targets. (Read more al-Qaeda stories.)

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