Nenad Taneski


Insurgency as a form of conflict continuously remains as one of thebiggest challenges for the conventional armed forces. At the present moment, the UnitedStates of America are being involved into the longest period of their military history byperforming numerous peace-keeping operations in Iraq, while facing both chronic andseemingly endless rebellion in Afghanistan. There are several active conflicts with anindication of an insurgent revolt. The research of the insurgencies, as well as their detailedanalysis and successful termination has a vital meaning for the war strategists andpoliticians, respectively.The American National Strategy for home security and safety flags Al Qaeda as thebiggest immediate and severe threat. Despite the lack of consensual agreement upon the121question which aims to define the concept of the terrorism, the conventional theories claimAl Qaeda to be a classic trans-national terroristic organization. Yet, the latest analysis ofthe war strategists and analytics point out to the fact that there is a great possibility forthis movement to achieve global revolutionarily rebellious goals. Throughout a thoroughlyconducted methodological analysis of Al Qaeda’s actions within this paper, we willdetermine whether the difference between the insurgency and the terrorism is merelytheoretical and whether it differs in the same manner as the combat of these threatsconducted by the state officials.

Key words: Al Qaeda, conflict, counter-insurgency, insurgency, terrorism.

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