Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against by Michael W. S. Ryan

By Michael W. S. Ryan

By consulting the paintings of famous and imprecise al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan unearths jihadist terrorism approach has extra in universal with the foundations of Maoist guerrilla war than mainstream Islam. Encouraging strategists and researchers to commit better consciousness to jihadi rules instead of jihadist army operations, Ryan builds an efficient framework for examining al-Qaeda’s plans opposed to the United States and constructs a compelling counternarrative to the West’s intended “war on Islam.”

Ryan examines the Salafist roots of al-Qaeda ideology and the contributions of its most renowned founders, Osama Bin weighted down and Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a political-military context. He additionally reads the Arabic-language works of lesser recognized theoreticians who've performed an instrumental position in framing al-Qaeda’s so-called warfare of the oppressed. those authors easily cite the guerrilla recommendations of Mao, Che Guevara, and the mastermind of the Vietnam conflict, basic Giap. in addition they contain the arguments of yank theorists writing on “fourth-generation warfare.”

Through those texts, readers event occasions as insiders see them, and by way of focusing on the actions and pronouncements of al-Qaeda’s proposal leaders, specially in Yemen, they parent the direct hyperlink among al-Qaeda’s strategies and traits in anti-U.S. terrorism. Ryan exhibits al-Qaeda’s political-military technique to be a progressive and mostly secular departure from the vintage Muslim notion of jihad, including useful dimensions to the operational, mental, and informational techniques already deployed via America’s army within the region.

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