The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death

Paperback | September 6, 2016

EditorBruce Hoffman, Fernando Reinares

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Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in these incidents and the planning, organization, execution, recruitment, and training that went into them. Their work captures the changing character of al-Qaeda and its affiliates since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the sophisticated elements that, despite the West's best counterterrorism efforts, continue to exert substantial direction over jihadist terrorist operations.

Through case studies of terrorist acts and offensives occurring both in and outside the West, the volume's contributors investigate al-Qaeda and other related entities as they adapted to the strategies of Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequent U.S.-led global counterterrorism programs. They explore whether Osama bin Laden was indeed reduced to a mere figurehead before his death or continued to influence al-Qaeda's global activities. Did al-Qaeda become a loose collection of individuals and ideas following its expulsion from Afghanistan, or was it reborn as a transnational terrorist structure powered by a well-articulated ideology? What is the preeminent terrorist threat we face today, and what will it look like in the future? This anthology pinpoints the critical patterns and strategies that will inform counterterrorism in the coming decades.

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Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in these incidents and the planning, organization, execution, recruitment, and training that went into them. Their work captures the...

Bruce Hoffman is a professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and the director of its Center for Security Studies and its Security Studies Program, as well as a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center. He is also the author of Inside Terrorism (Columbia, 1998), now in its third...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:696 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168993

ISBN - 13:9780231168991

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Introduction, by Bruce Hoffman and Fernando ReinaresPart I. In the West1. The Evolution of the Post-9/11 Threat to the U.S. Homeland, by Lorenzo Vidino2. The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings, by Fernando Reinares3. Operation Crevice in London, by Peter R. Neumann and Ryan Evans4. Dhiren Barot and Operation Rhyme, by Lindsay Clutterbuck5. The Van Gogh Murder and Beyond, by Beatrice de Graaf6. Leadership and the Toronto 18, by Stewart Bell7. Operation Pendennis in Australia, by Sally Neighbour8. The 7 July 2005 London Bombings, by Bruce Hoffman9. The 2006 Airline Plot, by Paul Cruickshank10. The Foiled Attacks in Italy in 2006, by Javier Jordán11. The German "Sauerland" Plot, Central Asia, and Turkey, by Guido Steinberg12. The Danish Glasvej Case, by Michael Taarnby13. The January 2008 Suicide Bomb Plot in Barcelona, by Fernando Reinares14. Ansar al-Fatah and "Iraqi" Networks in France, by Jean-Pierre FiliuPart II. Outside the West15. Al-Qaeda Terrorism in Afghanistan, by Seth G. Jones16. Attacks of al-Jemaah al-Islamiyah in Southeast Asia, by Rohan Gunaratna17. The Mombassa Attacks of November 28, 2002, by Jonathan Fighel18. The Origins of Sectarian Terrorism in Iraq, by Mohammed M. Hafez19. The November 2003 Istanbul Bombings, by Guido Steinberg and Philipp Holtmann20. The Sinai Terrorist Attacks, by Holly L. McCarthy and Ami Pedahzur21. Comparing the 2003 and 2007 Incidents in Casablanca, by Jack Kalpakian22. The 2007 Suicide Attacks in Algiers, by Anneli Botha23. The 2003 Riyadh and 2008 Sanaa Bombings, by Thomas Hegghammer24. The 2008 Mumbai Attack, by C. Christine Fair25. The 2010 Suicide Attacks in Kampala, by Anneli BothaConclusion, by Bruce Hoffman and Fernando ReinaresList of ContributorsIndex

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An excellent single-volume source on the rise, activities, and possible decline of Al Qaeda.... It is a worthy addition to the shelves of any reader interested in terrorism, Al Qaeda, and global efforts to counter radical, violent ideology.