al Qaeda Central Command (AQC)

One of the reasons al Qaeda Central (AQC) has remained illusive even after the death of Osama bin Laden is it's ability to reinvent itself a number of times.  The original formation of AQC was created by bin Laden together with key members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad out of former mujahedeen fighting in the Afghan/ Soviet War.  Afghanistan's terrain and political climate allowed for AQC to establish firm roots within the country.  It is said that bin Laden essentially took over Ariana Afghan Airlines by ferrying Islamic militants, arms, cash and opium through the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, as well as providing false identifications to members of bin Laden's terrorist network.  The first known AQC attack involving bin Laden was relatively small--the December 29, 1992, bombing of the Gold Mihor Hotel in Yemen.  It is after this attack that the Fatwa used today was issued justifying the killing of innocents.  By 1998 AQC was ready for its…

al Qaeda Central Command (AQC), also known as Al-Qaida, Qa‘idat al-Jihad, The Base, al Qaeda is an active group formed c. 1987.
You are currently only seeing 1% of the 10,000-plus pieces of expert insights and analyses available with a TRAC subscription.
Single Users

As a courtesy to private researchers, TRAC offers a discounted rate to individuals who are subscribing from a personal email address and paying with a personal credit/debit card.

Multiple Users

Multiple users within govermental/military, corporate, and media, as well as colleges and universities, receive pro-rated subscription discounts based on the number of users. TRAC fully supports academic institutions and provides subscriptions on a reduced rate based on FTE. For multiple users rates contact TRAC.

Not quite ready?
TRAC is a subscription-based service. You can try TRAC for 7 days with this trial. If you choose to subscribe at the end of the trial, the trial cost will be deducted from the price of your subscription.

Disclaimer (Click To View)

Groups and individuals included in TRAC's database range from actual perpetrators of social or political violence to more passive groups that support or condone (perhaps unwittingly) such violence. The spectrum of violence represented by these groups is vast, from Jihadists who bomb train stations to financial institutions that transfer funds. Some groups that originally engaged in violence but have since become legitimate political parties are included to provide historical perspective. TRAC is in no way attempting to determine whether groups or individuals are terrorists -- only to convey reported information about their activities and official State status. While TRAC attempts to ensure the accuracy of its TRAC database, the entries in the database are from numerous different sources. Hence, TRAC cannot and does not warrant the accuracy of the entries in its database. The editors of TRAC may modify these entries at any time and welcome comments and suggested corrections or additions.  Please write [email protected] or hit the "SUBMIT ADDITIONS" button on the page of the group profile about which you wish to comment.

TRAC is a unique, comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds.
Already a member? Login here.