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Editors: Alice F. Esposito
Book Description:
Al Qaeda has evolved into a significantly different terrorist organization than the one that perpetrated the September 11th 2001 attacks. At the time, Al Qaeda was composed mostly of a core cadre of veterans of the Afghan insurgency against the Soviets, with a centralized leadership structure, made up of mostly Egyptians. Most of the organization's plots either emanated from the top or were approved by the leadership. The core leadership, headed by Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, is thought to live in the mountainous tribal belt of northwest Pakistan, where it continues to train operatives, recruit, and disseminate propaganda. This book focuses on the history of Al Qaeda, the actions and capabilities of the organization and non-aligned entities, and an analysis of select regional Al Qaeda affiliates.



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Table of Contents:
Preface

Al Qaeda and Affiliates: Historical Perspective, Global Presence, and Implications for U.S. Policy;pp. 1-32
(John Rollins, Coordinator, Acting Section Research Manager/Specialist in Terrorism and National Security)

Al Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia: A Ticking Time Bomb;pp. 33-49
(Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate)

The Serpent in our Garden: Al-Qa'ida and the Long War;pp. 51-132
(Colonel Brian M. Drinkwine)

The Military Strategy of Global Jihad;pp. 133-149
(Sarah E. Zabel)

Opening Statement of Chairman Silvestre Reyes, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, before the House Intelligence Committee Hearing on "Assessing the Fight against Al Qaeda";pp. 151-152
(Silvestre Reyes)

Testimony of Peter Bergen, a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation; CNN's Terrorism Analyst; an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Fellow at New York University's Center on Law & Security; and the author of "Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden and The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader", before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - "Assessing the Fight against Al Qaeda";pp. 153-177
(Peter Bergen)

Testimony of Steven Emerson, Executive Director, Investigative Project on Terrorism, before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - "Assessing the Fight against Al Qaeda";pp. 179-218
(Steven Emerson)

Testimony of Robert L. Grenier, Managing Director and Chairman for Global Security Consulting, Kroll, before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - "Assessing the Fight against Al Qaeda";pp. 219-224
(Robert L. Grenier)

Statement of Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Homeland Security Committee, - "Reassessing the Threat: The Future of Al Qaeda and its Implications for Homeland Security";pp. 225-226
(Bennie G. Thompson)

Statement of Lawrence Wright, Fellow, Center for Law and Security, New York University School of Law and Staff Writer, The New Yorker Magazine - "The Rebellion Within: The Radical Challenge to Al Qaeda's Ideology";pp. 227-236
(Lawrence Wright)

Testimony of Peter Bergen, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation; CNN's National Security Analyst; Fellow at New York University's Center on Law & Security; Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, - "Reassessing the Threat: The Future of Al Qaeda and its Implications for Homeland Security";pp. 237-249
(Peter Bergen)

Opening Statement of Chairman John F. Kerry, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, - Hearing on "Confronting Al Qaeda";pp. 251-254
(John F. Kerry)

Opening Statement of Dick Lugar, U.S. Senator for Indiana, - Hearing on "Confronting Al Qaeda";pp. 255-256
(Dick Lugar)

Testimony of Peter Bergen, New America Foundation Senior Research Fellow, - Hearing on "Confronting Al Qaeda";pp. 257-271
(Peter Bergen)

Testimony of Marc Sageman, M.D., PhD., - Hearing on "Confronting Al Qaeda";pp. 273-289
(Marc Sageman)

Index

   Series:
      Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 7 x 10, 302 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61728-265-2
   Status: AV
  
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