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The study by the RAND Corporation reported the number of jihadist groups around the world has increased 58%. More troubling was the doubling of jihadist fighters, a drastic increase. Finally, the report notes a tripling of jihadist-related attacks worldwide.
The study also reveals a four-tiered, decentralized structure of terrorist groups:
“Control is diffused among four tiers: (1) core al Qa'ida in Pakistan, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri; (2) formal affiliates that have sworn allegiance to core al Qa'ida, located in Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and North Africa; (3) a panoply of Salafi-jihadist groups that have not sworn allegiance to al Qa'ida but are committed to establishing an extremist Islamic emirate; and (4) inspired individuals and networks.”
The interest in western terror targets varies from group to group, depending on a particular organization’s local interests versus global worldview, the report explains. The vast uptick in jihadist groups is mainly emanating from nations like