Despite recent terrorist attack is al-Qaeda threat diminishing?

January 10, 2010

(Chattahbox) – On December 25th a terrorist known as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Flight 253 using an explosive called PETN, which is notoriously difficult to detonate. This terrorist, unlike the terrorists of 9/11 did not appear to be trained very well to complete his mission.

If this terrorist would have succeeded, only 1/10 of those who died on 9/11 would have been killed. A grim statistic but it makes a point.  The United States expected a much stronger terrorist attack after 9/11, but because of efforts abroad by the US government the capabilities of al-Qaeda perhaps have been severely crippled.

This could mean that the terrorist attacks enacted by teams of armed men may be over, replaced only by motivated individuals. Even in its home country the terrorist group has lost much support. Taking these factors into consideration, we should rest well on the fact that the potential for terrorist attacks has been lowered.

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