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NCJ Number: 222064 Find in a Library
Title: Threat Convergence: MS-13 and al-Qaeda's Deadly Potential to Attack America, Again
Journal: Homeland Defense Journal  Volume:5  Issue:12  Dated:December 2007/January 2008  Pages:30-33
Author(s): Tim Roorda; Richard J. Hughbank
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using al-Qaeda (AQ) (terrorist group) and Mara Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) (violent gang) as examples, this article examines how organizations with widely varying philosophies and missions could form a union and pose a new and potentially deadly threat to the United States.
Abstract: Al-Qaeda (AQ) is religiously based and has a global Salafist vision, interested in the spiritual well-being of people, waging jihad to govern, with or without consent of the governed. AQ uses spectacular attacks, seeking mass casualties and mass media coverage. Mara Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) is more socially based and has a local focus, seeming more interested in the power that money brings and ruling a series of barrios or territories throughout a number of cities. MS-13 prefers violence through horrific killings that terrorizes a neighborhood. It would appear that MS-13 is interested in monetary gains, while AQ’s desires extend beyond money towards extremism in worldly dominance with a religious goal. The union of these two groups would pose a new, clear, and present threat to the United States. This article profiles these two groups; their historical background, current status, and their threat, individually, to national security; and the increased threat when two uniquely different organizations striving for power using violent and terrifying tactics form a union.
Main Term(s): Gangs; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Threat assessment
Index Term(s): Domestic terrorism; Gang violence; Group behavior; Group dynamics; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist profiles; Terrorist tactics
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