Many authors, scholars, journalists, and institutions have invested tremendous time and energy in understanding Ansar al Islam (Islamic militancy). They do so to contribute solutions in reducing the violence and creating a more peaceful and stable world. Of late, the popular tion seems to be that the reasons behind Islamic extremism are diverse and complex. Furthermore, the soldiers of these extremist organizations are a diverse group of people with numerous and disparate motivations. The terrorism and violence of these extremists can seemingly be mitigated and possibly eliminated through greater understanding of their grievances and engagement with moderate voices. To the contrary, the common traits obviously apparent in the dominant form of terrorism and conflict faced by the United States today are religion and ecomics. Religion is often dismissed as one factor among many, however it is the primary catalyst in motivating Muslim men to kill.