Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
May 2nd marks of the first anniversary of the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The experts behind Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC), one of the world’s most comprehensive encyclopedic reference research centers for studying political violence, say his death along with those of several other of the group’s leaders have had a significant impact on Al Qaeda’s warfare operations. They have identified five key changes over the past year.
TRAC experts see a continuing threat from Al Qaeda because of its notoriety and Internet presence. One trend is for new groups to use Al Qaeda in their name to give themselves credence and automatic credibility even if they have little or no affiliation with the central organization. The combination of fame and technological proficiency provides inspiration to “self starter” terrorists, such as Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan and Toulouse shooter Mohamed Merah. “Al-Qaeda propaganda, instruction and media dissemination are still a powerhouse. Information easily accessed on the Internet gives solo terrorists not only a mission, but also a method,” says Khan. “Lone wolves are far more dangerous when they believe they’re acting on behalf of God.”
TRAC is a digital information resource that addresses the burgeoning need among faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals for cutting-edge research on terrorism and terrorists of all kinds. The Beacham Group, LLC, unveiled TRAC in February 2012 after eight years in development. Immediately commended for its breadth of content – described by Library Journal as “astonishing” – TRAC provides historical context and maintains a current intelligence repository with a consortium of 2,200 specialists and a real-time news feed that reports on events as they occur.
Veryan Khan is available for interviews through TRAC’s media office. Follow TRAC on twitter (@TRACTerrorism) to stay up to date on important, but often missed news in this dynamic area. To learn more about TRAC visit http://www.trackingterrorism.org .
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