The recent bombing in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea raised questions about whether the suspect was sent from an Islamic terrorist group, or simply a lone wolf inspired by their terrorism ideology. As new details continue to be released, they paint an unsettling picture about the current state of the war on terror.

Inspirational terrorism

It turned out to be 28-year-old Ahmad Rahami who was responsible for the Saturday night bombing in New York City. A naturalized American citizen who was born in Afghanistan, Rahami was reportedly radicalized following multiple trips to the Middle East over the last five years.

As of press time, no information has linked Rahami to any terrorist group, though it's likely he was inspired by their message.

When Rahami was finally captured after a shootout with police, authorities found "rambling" notes in his pocket discussing the now deceased al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. Rahami's actions are similar to Omar Mateen, the man responsibly for the "Pulse" nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida this past June.

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