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The Global Terror Threat and Counterterrorism Challenges Facing the Next Administration | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Global Terror Threat and Counterterrorism Challenges Facing the Next Administration | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Although the Islamic State poses the most serious, imminent terrorist threat today, al-Qa`ida has been quietly rebuilding and marshaling its resources to reinvigorate the war against the United States declared 20 years ago by its founder and leader, Usama bin Ladin. The result is that both groups have enmeshed the United States and the West in a debilitating war of attrition, with all its deleterious consequences. The Islamic State has built an external operations capability that will likely survive its loss of territory in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Meanwhile, the threat from al-Qa`ida persists and may become more serious as it attempts to capitalize on the Islamic State’s falling star alongside the enhancement of its own terrorist strike capabilities.

Source: The Global Terror Threat and Counterterrorism Challenges Facing the Next Administration | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point