Anatomy of Terror From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State

Anatomy of Terror  From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State

"Anyone who wants to understand the world we live in now should read this book." —Lawrence Wright To eliminate the scourge of terrorism, we must first know who the enemy actually is, and what his motivations are.

Author: Ali Soufan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393242034

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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"Anyone who wants to understand the world we live in now should read this book." —Lawrence Wright To eliminate the scourge of terrorism, we must first know who the enemy actually is, and what his motivations are. In Anatomy of Terror, former FBI special agent and New York Times best-selling author Ali Soufan dissects Osama bin Laden’s brand of jihadi terrorism and its major offshoots, revealing how these organizations were formed, how they operate, their strengths, and—crucially—their weaknesses. This riveting account examines the new Islamic radicalism through the stories of its flag-bearers, including a U.S. Air Force colonel who once served Saddam Hussein, a provincial bookworm who declared himself caliph of all Muslims, and bin Laden’s own beloved son Hamza, a prime candidate to lead the organization his late father founded. Anatomy of Terror lays bare the psychology and inner workings of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their spawn, and shows how the spread of terror can be stopped. Winner of the Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize
Categories: Political Science

The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

Shenon, Philip. The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. New York: Twelve, 2008. Soufan, Ali H. Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, New York, Norton, 2017.

Author: Peter L. Bergen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982170547

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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The world’s leading expert on Osama bin Laden delivers for the first time the definitive biography of a man who set the course of American foreign policy for the 21st century, and whose ideological heirs we continue to battle today. In The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen provides the first reevaluation of the man responsible for precipitating America’s long wars with al-Qaeda and its descendants, capturing bin Laden in all the dimensions of his life: as a family man, as a zealot, as a battlefield commander, as a terrorist leader, and as a fugitive. The book sheds light on his many contradictions: he was the son of a billionaire, yet insisted his family live like paupers. He adored his wives and children, depending on two of his wives, both of whom had PhDs, to make important strategic decisions. Yet he also brought ruin to his family. He was fanatically religious, yet willing to kill thousands of civilians in the name of Islam. He inspired deep loyalty yet, in the end, his bodyguards turned against him. And while he inflicted the most lethal act of mass murder in United States history, he failed to achieve any of his strategic goals. The lasting image we have of bin Laden in his final years is of an aging man with a graying beard watching old footage of himself, just another dad flipping through the channels with his remote. In the end, bin Laden died in a squalid suburban compound, far from the front lines of his holy war. And yet despite that unheroic denouement, his ideology lives on. Thanks to exclusive interviews with family members and associates, and documents unearthed only recently, Bergen’s portrait of Osama will reveal for the first time who he really was and why he continues to inspire a new generation of jihadists.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Islamic State s Online Propaganda

Islamic State s Online Propaganda

A Brief Introduction (Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2015), 17; Ali Soufan, Anatomy of Terror. From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State (New York/London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017), 249.

Author: Miron Lakomy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000379679

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 179

'Explaining the means utilized by the editors of the Islamic State’s online magazines to win the "hearts and minds" of their audiences, this book is a result of a multidimensional content analysis of two flagship periodicals of the IS.' Dabiq and Rumiyah. Drawing from a number of theoretical concepts in propaganda studies, the research uses comparative analysis to understand the evolution of the modus operandi employed by the editorial staff. The volume evaluates the types of arguments used in these magazines, as well as the emotions and behaviour that these triggered in readers. This book concentrates on the formats and thematic composition of a variety of the Islamic State’s e-periodicals, including Dabiq, Rumiyah, Dar al-Islam or Konstantiniyye, from the viewpoint of the constantly changing strategic situation and priorities of the "Caliphate." The e-magazines of the post-territorial phase of the Islamic State, e.g. From Dabiq to Rome and Youth of the Caliphate, were also taken into consideration. Overall, this book does not only offer new insights into the propaganda methods of the Islamic State’s periodicals, but it also summarizes their rise and fall between 2014 and 2019. The volume is dedicated mostly to academics and postgraduate students specialized in terrorism studies, political violence and security studies.
Categories: Political Science

Jihadism Constrained

Jihadism Constrained

The Limits of Transnational Jihadism and What It Means for Counterterrorism Barak Mendelsohn ... Ali Soufan, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017): 93.

Author: Barak Mendelsohn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538118498

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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How threatening are al-Qaeda and the Islamic State? In Jihadism Constrained, Barak Mendelsohn suggests that although jihadi terrorism is a serious challenge, it must not be exaggerated. This book explains the three central challenges that transnational terrorist organizations and jihadi transnational groups in particular face.
Categories: Political Science

Tyrannical Minds Narcissism Personality and Dictatorship

Tyrannical Minds  Narcissism  Personality  and Dictatorship

Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2017. Warrick, Joby. Black Flags: The Rise of Isis. New York: Doubleday, 2015. Immelman, Aubrey.

Author: Dean A. Haycock

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781643131115

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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An incisive examination into the pairing of psychology and situation that creates despotic leaders. Not everyone can become a tyrant. It requires a particular confluence of events to gain absolute control over entire nations. First, you must be born with the potential to develop brutal personality traits. Often, this is a combination of narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, paranoia and an extraordinary ambition to achieve control over others. Second, your dangerous personality must be developed and strengthened during childhood. You might suffer physical and/or psychological abuse, or grow up in a trying times. Finally, you must come of age when the political system of your country is unstable. Together, these events establish a basis to rise to power, one that Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Qaddafi all used to gain life-and-death control over their countrymen and women. It is how Osama bin Laden and the leaders of the Islamic State hoped to gain such power. “Getting inside the heads” of foreign leaders and terrorists is one way governments try to understand, predict, and influence their actions. How can we explain these urges to dominate, subjugate, torture and slaughter? Though these men lived in different times and places, and came from vastly different backgrounds, many of them share similar, abnormal personality traits and, in some cases, mental disorders, including “The Dark Triad:” malignant narcissism, psychopathy and paranoid personalities. Tyrannical Minds reveals how recognizing these traits can provide insight into their motivations and actions, potentially allow us predict their behavior—and even how to stop them.
Categories: Psychology

And God Knows the Martyrs

And God Knows the Martyrs

See “'They're Delusional': Rivals Ridicule ISIS Declaration of Islamic State,” CBS News, June 30, 2014, ... Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017); Lawrence Wright, ...

Author: Nathan S. French

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190092153

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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""Jihadi-Salafi narratives of martyrdom-seeking operations are filled with praise for what they label the exemplary self-renunciative acts of their martyrs performed as a model of the earliest traditions of Islam. While many studies evaluate the biographies of these would-be martyrs for evidence of social, psychological, political, or economic strain in an effort to rationalize what are often labelled "suicide bombings", this book argues that through their legal arguments debating martyrdom-seeking operations Jihadi-Salafis, including those fighting for al-Qa°ida, ISIS, and their affiliates, craft a theodicy meant to address the suffering and oppression faced by the global Muslim community. Taking as its source material legal arguments (fatwas), texts, pamphlets, magazines, forum posts, videos, and audio files from authors sympathetic to both al-Qa°ida and ISIS on the subjects of martyrdom operations, jurisprudence, and political philosophies, this book reveals that the Jihadi-Salafi legal debates on martyrdom-seeking re-arrange the basic objectives (maqåaòsid) of the Shari°a around the principles of maximizing the general welfare (maòslaòha) and promoting religion (dåin) above all other concerns - including the preservation of life. This utilitarian turn opens the possibility for formulating a meaningful engagement and critique of Jihadi-Salafi legal interpretation and theories of warfare within a broader, just war framework. However, as the jurists and propagandists of ISIS demonstrate, this turn also opens the possibility for the utilization of self-renunciative violence as engendering modes of state formation. ""--
Categories: Religion

Global Jihad

Global Jihad

“The Enduring Influence of Anwar al-Awlaki in the Age of the Islamic State.” CTC Sentinel 9, no. ... Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. New York: W. W. Norton, 2017. Springborg, Robert.

Author: Glenn E. Robinson

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503614109

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Most violent jihadi movements in the twentieth century focused on removing corrupt, repressive secular regimes throughout the Muslim world. But following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a new form of jihadism emerged—global jihad—turning to the international arena as the primary locus of ideology and action. With this book, Glenn E. Robinson develops a compelling and provocative argument about this violent political movement's evolution. Global Jihad tells the story of four distinct jihadi waves, each with its own program for achieving a global end: whether a Jihadi International to liberate Muslim lands from foreign occupation; al-Qa'ida's call to drive the United States out of the Muslim world; ISIS using "jihadi cool" to recruit followers; or leaderless efforts of stochastic terror to "keep the dream alive." Robinson connects the rise of global jihad to other "movements of rage" such as the Nazi Brownshirts, White supremacists, Khmer Rouge, and Boko Haram. Ultimately, he shows that while global jihad has posed a low strategic threat, it has instigated an outsized reaction from the United States and other Western nations.
Categories: Political Science

Islamic Terrorism Myth and Reality

Islamic Terrorism  Myth and Reality

Defining Terrorism in International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [45] Soufan, A., 2017. Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. London and New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Author: Mahmoud Refaat

Publisher: The European Institute for International Law and International Relations

ISBN: 9798472678001

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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Terrorism is an extremely complex set of phenomena, covering a great diversity of groups with different origins and causes. The statements researchers have identified more than 200 definitions of terrorism but failed to agree on anyone and one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighters have become cliches. However, there is a growing consensus among researchers as well as among governments about the core meaning of the concept of terrorism. Most agree that terrorism is a set of methods or strategies of combat rather than an identifiable ideology or movement, and that terrorism involves premeditated use of violence against (at least primarily) non-combatants in order to achieve a psychological effect of fear on others than the immediate targets. However, beyond this core meaning of terrorism, there is heated disagreement regarding the delimitation of the phenomenon of terrorism, and particularly when it comes down to which specific groups or violent campaigns should be included or excluded under the label ‘terrorism’. Some definitions specifically exclude state actors as possible terrorists, whereas others include states. Some definitions restrict the notion of terrorism to attacks on civilians only, whereas other definitions would include military and police targets under non-war conditions. Some limit terrorisms to violent acts with a political purpose, whereas others also include terrorism for criminal purposes. Most definitions (implicitly or explicitly) consider terrorism as an illegitimate method, irrespective of its political goals or purposes. However, a few (rather exceptional) definitions specifically claim that armed struggle for certain just purposes is legitimate, irrespective of means. The emerging consensus, however, is that terrorism is primarily an extremism of means, not one of ends. Twentieth-century terrorism has come of age. In Britain, children of this age of terrorism are old enough to exercise their franchise. It was in the mid-1960s that the word itself began to gain (or. very retrospectively, to regain) international headline currency: around 1964, when the Palestine Liberation Organisation came into being, as an umbrella organisation for the previously disparate radical Palestinian groupings.
Categories: Political Science

The Art of Law in the International Community

The Art of Law in the International Community

ISIS emerged in Iraq as a backlash to the treatment meted out to Sunnis by the Shia-controlled government.213 It ... A. Soufan, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State (New York: W.W. Norton & Co, ...

Author: Mary Ellen O'Connell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108426664

Category: Law

Page: 302

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Aesthetic philosophy and the arts offer an innovative and attractive approach to enhancing international law in support of peace.
Categories: Law

Terrorism Worldwide 2017

Terrorism Worldwide  2017

Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors. ... “ISIS Virtual Puppeteers: How They Recruit and Train 'Lone Wolves. ... Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State.

Author: Edward Mickolus

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476634005

Category: Political Science

Page: 217

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 This fourth comprehensive study of international terrorist attacks covers 2017, during which the Islamic State suffered continued reversals yet retained its status as the most active, well-financed and well-armed terrorist group worldwide. Organized by region and country, the study covers domestic and international incidents around the world, outlining significant trends. The author offers several indicators of what to watch in the coming years. The single-year format allows readers access to the most up-to-date information on terrorism, while geographic focus more easily facilitates regional comparison.
Categories: Political Science