By Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg
Examines al-Qaeda's evolution and the emergence of the wider international jihadist movement--groups affiliated, linked, or encouraged by way of al-Qaeda--and the probability that they pose to the us and U.S. allies and pursuits. The authors finish via starting off a four-pronged technique to counter the jihadist possibility.
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This is particularly true given the mixture of written and audiovisual messages, which has allowed al-Qaeda’s propaganda to transcend both technology and literacy barriers. Al-Qaeda has also used rhetoric as a means of communicating its propaganda to various audiences. Bin Laden’s earliest propaganda came in the form of proclamations written in formal, scholarly prose. 37 In these statements, the language is similar to that of historic letters and proclamations issued at critical junctures in Islam’s history.
In addition to their training in managing air support, these airmen will also beneﬁt from having appropriate language skills and some cultural knowledge. Air transport can be the key to counterterrorist or counterinsurgency operations in countries with widely dispersed populations and poor land transportation infrastructure—conditions that deﬁne almost all areas where terrorists and insurgents operate. Only by being able to bring forces rapidly to the scene can governments neutralize the terrorists’ operational and tactical advantages and quell religious and ethnic clashes before they ﬂare into full-scale communal conﬂict.
The section concludes with an examination of those entities that have been fully co-opted into the inner circle of Osama bin Laden’s group and that are generally considered to be an integral component of his broader jihadist movement. Chapters Six through Eleven examine the contours of the alQaeda nebula, the far larger category of terrorist systems that, while not institutionally part of al-Qaeda, have already established contacts with bin Laden’s network or have assimilated its ideology and methodology.
Beyond Al-Qaeda, Part 1: The Global Jihadist Movement by Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg