According to Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism and intelligence expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, Osama bin Laden's death may spark a new beginning to terrorist attacks by jihadhists vying for leadership and revenge.
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How Bin Laden's Death Affects Future Terrorism Concerns

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As congratulatory cries reverberated through the Land of the Free, homeland terror was threatening to escalate higher than ever.

Osama Bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011, at the hands of U.S. special operations forces in Pakistan, was expected to ignite anger throughout Al-Qaida, among jihadists, and splinter groups. US officials expressed growing concern about how or where violent attacks could surface next.

According to Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism and intelligence expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, Osama bin Laden's death may spark a new beginning to terrorist attacks by jihadhists vying for leadership and revenge.

DEFENSE AGAINST UNORGANIZED ATTACKS

According to terrorism experts and law enforcement officials, individual acts of terrorism from Al-Qaida splinter groups, which have spread to Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan border, are harder to detect and prevent.

Experts say future attacks are likely be smaller, hastily operated events by individuals, but just as deadly and alarming for U.S. citizens. Using the Internet, terrorist leaders vying for position increase their reach, and seduce participants worldwide to launch their own homegrown attacks on "Main Street U.S.A."

HOMELAND SECURITY'S INTERNAL WARNING

The Homeland Security Department and FBI issued a warning to law enforcement around the country, concerned over the potential threat of attacks inspired by Bin Laden's death.

Handling the threat internally, the government did not plan to raise the terror alert level in the U.S., according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

AL-QAIDA'S FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN

Al-Qaida's leadership was certainly disrupted on May 2, 2011, and the struggle to replace leadership could further weaken the organization.

Pakistan had also been pressuring Al-Qaida and its core leaders, due to escalating U.S. drone attacks. The Pakistani military worked to make communications, fundraising, and attack planning more difficult for Al-Qaida.

Potential Jihad leaders may be motivated to continue terror attacks, competing for power and revenge for Bin Laden's death, according to Cilluffo, a former special assistant to the President for homeland security. Overt celebrations from the U.S. over Bin Laden's death may only be stoking the fires of rage and revenge.



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