Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism

Fifteen years of the war on terror- II

  1. The war on terror initially focused on the al-Qaeda, and the Taliban that had sheltered bin laden in Afghanistan
  2. It has evolved into a long-drawn-out conflict with multiple battlefields, many allies and myriad enemies
  3. Fifteen years later, its initial enemies are but shadows of themselves
  4. However, new enemies such as the Islamic State (IS) were spawned
  5. The 15 years also saw the rise of the home-grown terrorist, the biggest worry for security establishments
  6. It has been exacerbated by technology, which has helped terror organisations break down physical barriers such as borders by taking their ideology online
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