Dangerous Activities of Al-Qaeda in the Region

  • 13 August 2009

Kuwaiti authorities recently announced that they had foiled an Al-Qaeda plot to strike government establishments in the Holy Month of Ramadan. This announcement brings to light the recent noticeable increase in activities of Al-Qaeda in the Gulf and Middle East. This upsurge in activity poses a major threat to the security of the whole region. It is noteworthy that just when Kuwait broke the news of foiling an Al-Qaeda operation, a US military commander in Iraq said that elements of Al-Qaeda still existed in northern Iraq and were capable of carrying out dangerous attacks. In addition, Western countries continue to issue warnings over possible Al-Qaeda-led terrorist attacks in various countries of the Arab and Middle East regions in the near future. Security experts state that the Al-Qaeda cell busted in Kuwait last Tuesday, might be just one among several such sleeper cells in the region, set up to prove Al-Qaeda’s presence and capability of inflicting harm. There is also news about growing activities of Al-Qaeda in Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. This clearly indicates that the organization is working on reviving its sleeper cells, and is mobilizing its efforts to involve itself in emerging political, economic and security scenarios in the region, such as the US withdrawal plan from Iraq, and the international economic crisis. Experts believe that Al-Qaeda sees in this last crisis an opportune moment for increasing its strength because that would undermine the ability of the world to concentrate on its global war on terrorism.

It is likely that Al-Qaeda would be willing to send out a message to the world that it continues to exist and is capable of acting despite all the setbacks it has suffered. This necessitates an increase in cooperation and coordination between concerned security establishments of the Arab world, whose effects have started to clearly show in recent months. Al-Qaeda possesses a wide array of violent schemes that are not directed against any specific country or group of countries, but makes the whole region vulnerable to its attacks. Therefore, confronting Al-Qaeda necessitates collective effort match with a wide-ranging approach, and tactics. Al-Qaeda and its radical terrorist ideology is still the biggest threat facing the Arab region and the world. It is obvious that the war against this ideology is a long and protracted one, even if sometimes it may seem it is about to end. Therefore, Arab counter-terrorism efforts should always be given top priority.