organization was formed in late 80s by Osama Bin Laden
who had come to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet
forces. The literal meaning of Al-Qaeda is “The Base”.
Al-Qaeda’s network includes outfits which are operating
in estimated 65 countries worldwide. The group
propagates armed militancy against Western countries and
their allies in the Muslim World.
 National Consortium for the
Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).Al-Qaeda.Retrieved
on: August 6, 2013.Retrieved from: http://www.start.umd.edu/start/data_collections/tops/terrorist_organization_profile.asp?id=6.