Carrying out severity and adverse psychological impact, terrorist groups are the biggest threat to any civilian of any country. Based on their barbarism and promulgated as the most wanted by governments across the world, Topyaps is exploring this list of ten most notorious terrorist groups.
10. Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA):
With an endeavor to overrule the Algerian government, this terrorist group was founded in July 1992 and became notorious in 1994, after hijacking the “Air France Flight 8969″. Since then it has conducted a deadly crusade of killing innocent civilians, bombarding public places, kidnapping and raping in its area of operation. This terrorist group asserts the ideology that “political pluralism is equivalent to sedition”. This creed was generated in 1992, after a controversial decision of Algeria’s Military Government which blocked the political ways of a mainstream Islamic party, Islamic Salvation Front.
9. Aden-Abyan Islamic Army:
Associated to the Islamic Jihad Movement, this Islamic terrorist group works with the motive to contend against the secularism in Arab countries, significantly in Yemen. This organization was spotlighted in December 1998, after kidnapping 16 foreign tourists in Abyan in which four of the hostages were killed in the rescue operation conducted by the Yemeni security forces.
8. Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna:
Founded in September 2003, this Iraqi guerrilla force opposes the government led by Nouri al-Maliki as well as the forces of United States in Iraq. This terrorist group is grounded in central and northern Iraq and is said to be linked with several Islamic organizations operating in Iraq. However, intelligence agencies of the Iraqi interim government and United States linked this group to al-Qaeda but later it was revealed that there is a wild conflict between these two terrorist groups.
7. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia:
This Marxist-Leninist terrorist group of Colombia is better known by its acronym – “FARC” and is considered as the kingpin of illegal drug trade across the world. This organization was established in 1964 and currently it constitutes approximately 12 thousand combatants with thousands of supporters from the rural areas. The obtained extortion money from multinational corporations and wealthier classes is invested for the betterment of poor peoples.
6. Kurdistan Worker’s Party:
Best known as PKK, this group was established on November 27, 1978 in Turkey and since then it has been fighting for the sake of an independent Kurdish state. Face of an international terror, PKK’s working region constitutes Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq and it is also enlisted by a number of counter-terrorism agencies as a deadly international organization.
5. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan:
Located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Pakistan, this terrorist organization comprises several Islamist militant groups. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (also called the Pakistani Taliban), was established in December, 2007, by Baitullah Mehsud, a notorious Pakistani militant who finally died on August 23, 2009. Pakistani Taliban, however, targets elements of Pakistani state, but according to several intelligence agencies, top cities of the United States are conceived as its main target.
Backed up by Iran and Syria, this Lebanon based terrorist group has emerged from the Lebanese civil war of 1982 and is considered as the biggest foe of Israel and Sunni Arab countries. According to a report of Central Intelligence Agency, this organization covers the 41 percent of Lebanese population and is involved in multiple social activities.
Derived from the word “students”, Taliban is well known for beastly governing the Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and its deadly guerrilla war against the NATO including the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This terrorist group was founded by Pashtun tribes with the significant support from some Islamic countries such as Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks, Punjabis and Tajiks.
Acronym for “Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia”, HAMAS is a socio-political terrorist group of Palestine which was founded in 1987 due to an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. This organization was established with the aim of Jihad and to release Palestine from Israeli subjugation. Known for its daredevil suicide bombers, this terrorist group is significantly supported by Hezbollah to assassinate Israeli civilians and defense officers.
The biggest “brand name” between all terrorist groups across the world! This extremist Islamic group was established in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden, the great grandfather of all terrorists and a mysterious figure dodging the worldwide intelligence agencies after the September 11 attacks. Notorious for its integrated network and powerful strategies, Al-Qaeda constitutes thousand of individuals who have accomplished proper military training.
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