The emergence, expansion and evolution of terror groups have affected many societies around the world. The Irish Republican Army in Ireland, the Red Army in Japan, the Mafia in Italy and various others have all attempted to merge their ideological beliefs with acts of violence to instill terror and fear.
This is the modus operandi of al-Qaeda and most recently ISIS, which aims to build a state by occupying cities; and have played on the deeply held beliefs of Muslims by claiming they are reviving the caliphate. In reality, they are simply thugs intent on giving the greatest degree of shock by broadcasting their brutal torture and murder of innocents.
There is a critical need to ensure that governments win the battle for hearts and mindsMohammed Fahad al-Harthi