Al-Qa'ida is a multi-national terrorist group with a worldwide presence. Established in 1988 by Usma bin Ladin (UBL), its core members initially consisted of Afghan war veterans. Al-Qa'ida serves as an umbrella organization that funds and orchestrates the activities of Islamic militants worldwide. Using an extensive international network to maintain a loose connection between Muslim extremists throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States, al-Qa'ida uses conventional communication such as the Internet, faxes, and satellite telephones to organize, plan, and financially support terrorist activities. Al-Qa'ida's current goal is to expel Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries and to establish a pan-Islamic Caliphate throughout the world by working with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow regimes it deems "non-Islamic."