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Terror Groups More Decentralized, Attacked More Muslim Regions in 2003

Bombings by groups linked to al-Qaida killed dozens of people in 2003, most of them in Islamic countries, leading to a backlash against radical groups among some Muslims. While the U.S. government heightened alert levels at year’s end, the shift in targets from western to Muslim countries raises the possibility that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network has been stymied by western security measures, battered in the war against terrorism and now depends on local militants to carry out attacks. The changing tactics led to bombings in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia and Morocco that were mostly linked to groups affiliated with al-Qaida or radicals trained in bin Laden’s camps. Full Story

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