Additional information on Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda, founded in Afghanistan in 1988, is a militant Sunni Islamist terrorist organization. The group obtained worldwide attention when it conducted and subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2001. In response the United States of America under the leadership of George W. Bush launched counter-terrorism efforts as part of the so-called war on terror, including direct efforts against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan following the country’s invasion by United States and allied forces. In the years between 2000 and 2013 Al-Qaeda was responsible for 1,089 attacks, behind only the Taliban in number of terrorist attacks worldwide, by organization, for that period.
A look at the number of terrorist attacks of major terrorist organizations worldwide from 2000 to 2013, by target group, shows 520 of the 1,089 attacks conducted by Al-Qaeda were targeted at government, police and military targets. The rational for these attacks not only being operational but also the highly symbolic threat to overall safety such attacks demonstrate. While Al-Qaeda did not match the frequency of attacks made by the Taliban in this period they proved to be more harmful in such attacks. The number of deaths and injuries from terrorist attacks worldwide between 2000 and 2013 shows at Al-Qaeda were responsible for 12,185 injuries, over 3000 more than the Taliban.