The technological advances of the 21st century have given new platforms to terrorist networks to recruit followers, spread their messages and widen their global reach. At the same time, the current turmoil, chaos and collapse of numerous Arab states has destabilized the region. This has allowed for significant illicit cross-border activities by terrorist networks in transfer of arms, jihadists, and money. Thus, the rising terrorism trend necessitates the full support of the United States, as the only remaining superpower, in countering this heinous ideology that seeks to destroy rather than build.
The Obama administration’s destructive regional policies have alienated and distant long-time strategic partners, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. It has nourished a relationship of mistrust between key regional players and the Obama administration, making it difficult to address the serious and complex global terrorism threats. There is a need to simultaneously confront all terrorist groups through military, political, socio-economic, religious, educational and cultural means, as well as the genuine elimination of terrorism financing. The Obama administration’s narrow and exclusive focus on the Islamic State neglects other groups in an increasingly volatile region. There is an unprecedented well-financed growth of complex and fluid regional terrorism networks requiring an effective international effort for a comprehensive and multifaceted counter-terrorism strategy.