Al-Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated terrorist attacks signal shift in strategy, with new focus on broad-based jihad
International Business Times - 01/12/2015
Before 9/11, terrorists had a safe haven to plan, recruit and train, Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said in an interview. Following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government and its western allies implemented robust measures to prevent a similar attack. They installed machines in airports that scanned for materials that could be used to kill, conducted both targeted and mass surveillance of citizens and imprisoned those thought to have ties to al Qaeda.
“They made it risky for groups to dispatch operatives from conflict zones to the West because they would be intercepted,” said Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert and professor at Northeastern University. “When governments put in place counterterrorism measures, terrorist leaders devised alternative methods for circumventing them.”