Al-Qaeda leader, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an Egyptian physician and former chief of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (photo:dpa)

The path that led some Sunni Muslims to war against the West

Al-Qaeda is rarely out of world headlines. In recent months, the name has cropped up in reports of violence from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Mali. Al-Qaeda is just one of a number of Sunni Muslim groups which embrace the Salafi ideology, a doctrine which advocates a return to the strict religious traditions of the first three generations of Muslims. All groups share that same goal, but not all advocate violence.

THE COMMON feature among Sunni Muslim extreme groups in the Middle East and elsewhere is that they all strive to return Islam to the earliest fundamental sources of the Koran and to implement Islamic or Sharia law in their countries.

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