The tragedy of September 11 (9/11) remains fresh in the minds of countless Americans.
Even as smoke rose from the World Trade Center, as people clawed through rubble at the Pentagon, there was one name — and one name only — synonymous with terror in the United States. Al Qaeda.
Times have changed, and the terror landscape has changed with it.
Public Enemy No. 1, Osama bin Laden, is gone, killed by U.S. commandos in a 2011 Pakistan raid. The group he notoriously commanded no longer dominates. Sure, Ayman al-Zawahiri makes an occasional pronouncement, but other groups have garnered more than their share of chilling headlines for acts such as the failed underwear bomb plot on a Detroit-bound jetliner, the Westgate Mall siege in Kenya and the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
An even (supposedly) more notorious group has gained prominence in recent times. The terrorist group, Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS is famed for its brutal killings including the beheading of two American journalists, James Wright Foley and Steven Joel Scotloff.
This has apparently triggered America’s rage as the President, Barack Obama has vowed to destroy ISIS.
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