A week after the Boston Marathon Bombings, authorities reportedly confirmed that the alleged bombers, Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used instructions from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine. Numerous other international and domestic extremists motivated by radical interpretations of Islam have been influenced by the magazine and, in some cases, reportedly utilized the bomb making instructions in their attempts to carry out attacks.
Terrorist groups around the world use distinct symbols to convey their ideology and goals.
Americans motivated by radical interpretations of Islam constitute a growing and increasingly dangerous domestic terror threat. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, approximately 200 Americans have been charged for their roles in various bomb plots and conspiracies in the U.S., as well as for providing material support to Islamic terrorist groups. Several other Americans have been charged overseas with similar terror-related offenses.