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.
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