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Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Take Its Eye off Jihadi Terrorism in 2023
Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Defense & Security

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Take Its Eye off Jihadi Terrorism in 2023

By Katherine Zimmerman Neither al Qaeda nor the Islamic State threaten the U.S. homeland directly. Nor can their various affiliates strike the United States. A near-decade-long trend of localizing jihad has continued, ensuring that the Salafi-jihadi terrorism threat remains regional if present at all. Most al Qaeda and Islamic State groups are embroiled in local conflicts, many have not even attempted to target Americans, and those that have set their sights closer on U.S. diplomats or soldiers posted abroad. Yet even with rising threats to U.S. interests from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, to name a few, the United States can’t simply walk away from the fight against al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Counterterrorism operations have decimated al Qaeda’s and the Islamic State’s ...