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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)

Another Islamic terrorist "splinter" organization is poping out of the news woodwork tonight. The NBC Evening News said that it now looks like it might be the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) that is reponsible for the Madrid bombings. Friday it was the group "Salifia Jihadia" that was being considered the prime suspect. This just shows how Al-Qaeda has fractured into a swarm of radical groups. It is not suprising that the terrorists are reforming into smaller tactical organizations, given the US anti-terrorist offensive. It's been postulated that somewhere from 80 to 150 individuals is the optimal group size for these clandestine operations. It's a numbers game that doesn't seem to add up well for the West. A mere 3000 hardcore Islamic terrorists in some 20 to 35 mutually independent terror cells makes for a virtual "Radical Islamic Cluster Bomb" aimed at the West.

Recently mentioned terrorist groups:
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)
The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC)
Salifia Jihadia
Iraqi Islamic Army
Current State Department List of (known) terrorist organizations

Related Links:
What is the optimal size for a terrorist network? [Global Guerrillas]
The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes

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