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Al-Qaedas Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror
Al-Qaedas Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror Jonathan Schanzer, Dennis Ross 156171884X 9781561718849 Since the war on terror was launched in 2001, some 4,000 al-Qaeda militants have been apprehended and nearl
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Al-Qaedas Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror by Jonathan Schanzer, Dennis Ross

Since the war on terror was launched in 2001, some 4,000 al-Qaeda militants have been apprehended and nearly half of the senior al-Qaeda leadership has been neutralized. Still, the network has scored bloody attacks against Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Indonesia, to name a few. The primary reason for the networks resiliency is the existence of affiliate groups, which are small, local terror squads that exist throughout the Muslim world. Numbering more than two-dozen worldwide, these affiliate groups ascribe to al-Qaedas aim of global Islamist power, but also have very local objectives. They maintain operatives from al-Qaedas training camps and battlefields, and are known to communicate with al-Qaedas core. Using never-before published material from interviews in the Middle East, as well as hard-to-find information from the Arabic media, Jonathan Schanzer presents a critical view of al-Qaedas Middle East affiliates, their histories, ideologies and ties to bin Ladens network. Indeed, he shows how critical these small groups are to the survival of al-Qaeda. Egypts Gamma Islamiyya and al-Jihad, for example, are now seen as the core fighters of bin Ladens network. Lebanons Asbat al-Ansar has attacked several Western embassies and businesses. That group also tried to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. Schanzer also looks into Yemens Islamic Army of Aden, which was responsible, in part, for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Of recent interest is Iraqs Ansar al-Islam, a group now implicated in numerous attacks against U.S. forces in the violent, post-war environment. Schanzer dissects these groups and offers surprising recommendations for how to counter their threat. But, just as the capture of each high-ranking al-Qaeda lieutenant requires different tactics and strategies, the same holds true in dismantling affiliates. In each Arab state, the challenge now is to find the combination necessary to successfully combat these affiliates.

Author: Jonathan Schanzer, Dennis Ross

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 222

Publisher: S.P.I. Books

Publication Date: 2001-09-01

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