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Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)

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Works: 48 works in 68 publications in 1 language and 1,921 library holdings
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Classifications: HV6432, 363.325160973
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Most widely held works about Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)
 
Most widely held works by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)
CTC sentinel by NY) Combating Terrorism Center (West Point( )

in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The management of savagery the most critical stage through which the Umma will pass by Abū Bakr Nājī( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Naji explains how al-Qaeda plans to defeat the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, establish sanctuaries for Jihadis, correct organizational problems, and create better propaganda. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the strategic thinking of al-Qaeda's leadership and the future of the jihadi movement. " -- http://www.ctc.usma.edu/naji.asp
Militant ideology atlas : research compendium( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... An in-depth study of the Jihadi Movement's top thinkers and their most popular writings. This is the first systematic mapping of the ideology inspiring al-Qaeda. The CTC's researchers spent one year mining the most popular books and articles in al-Qaeda's online library, profiling hundreds of figures in the Jihadi Movement, and cataloging over 11,000 citations. The empirically supported findings of the project are surprising: The most influential Jihadi intellectuals are clerics from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, two of the US's closest allies in the Middle East. Among them, the Jordanian cleric Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi has had the most impact on other Jihadi thinkers and has been the most consequential in shaping the worldview of the Jihadi Movement. In contrast, the study finds that Usama Bin Ladin and Ayman al-Zawahiri have had little influence on other Jihadi theorists and strategists. The Research Compendium contains summaries of all the texts used in the study as well as biographies of the texts' authors and the figures they cite most."--CTC web site
Al-Qaida's (mis)adventures in the Horn of Africa( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iranian strategy in Iraq : politics and "other means" by Joseph H Felter( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report addresses Iran's dual-strategy of providing military aid to Iraqi militia groups while simultaneously giving political support to Iraqi political parties. Although the report details the scope and nature of Iranian support to Iraqi militias, it concludes that Iran's political efforts are the core of its effort to project influence in Iraq. The report also concludes that Iran has recently worked to reduce the level of violence in Iraq while concentrating on a political campaign to shape the SFA and SOFA agreements to its strategic ends. The report does not address Iran's economic and social influence in Iraq."--Author's note
Crime and insurgency in the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan by Gretchen Peters( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insurgent and terror groups operating in the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are deepening their involvement in organized crime, an aspect of the conflict that at once presents enormous challenges and also potential opportunities for Coalition forces trying to implement a population-centric counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy. Within a realm of poor governance and widespread state corruption, anti-state actors engage in and protect organized crime -- mainly smuggling, extortion and kidnapping -- both to raise funds and also to spread fear and insecurity, thus slowing the pace of development and frustrating attempts to extend the rule of law and establish a sustainable licit economy. Militant groups on either side of the frontier function like a broad network of criminal gangs, not just in terms of the activities in which they engage, but also in the way they are organized, how funds flow through their command chains and how they interact -- and sometimes fight -- with each other. There is no doubt that militant groups have capitalized on certain public grievances, yet their ties to criminal profiteering, along with the growing number of civilian casualties they cause on both sides of the frontier, have simultaneously contributed to a widening sense of anger and frustration among local communities. Through a series of focused and short anecdotal case studies, this paper aims to map out how key groups engage in criminal activity in strategic areas, track how involvement in illicit activity is deepening or changing and illustrate how insurgent and terror groups impose themselves on local communities as they spread to new territory. It is hoped that a closer examination of this phenomenon will reveal opportunities for disrupting the problem, as well as illustrate how Coalition forces, the international community and moderate Muslim leaders might capitalize on an untapped public relations opportunity by better protecting local communities who are the main victims of it
Self-inflicted wounds : debates and divisions within Al-Qa'ida and its periphery( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report examines the internal, or endogenous, reasons that have hastened the decline of the jihadi movement. In doing so, it exposes the jihadi movement, with al-Qa'ida at its helm, as one that lacks coherence and unity, despite its claims to the contrary. The report divides the jihadis' endogenous problems into two categories: internal divisions plaguing al-Qa'ida and the jihadi movement proper; and fault lines dividing the jihadi movement from other Muslim and Islamist actors
The Haqqani nexus and the evolution of al-Qaida by Don Rassler( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report also provides insights into the strategic value of the Haqqani network. Specifically, it examines how, for the past three decades, the Haqqani network has functioned as an enabler for other groups and as the fountainhead (manba') of local, regional and global militancy. Although this report explores all three of these militant levels, it emphasizes the Haqqani network's impact on transnational militancy. While the Haqqani network is undoubtedly a sophisticated and dangerous organization in its own right, the group is best understood as a nexus player, tying together a diverse mix of actors central to various conflict networks. By detailing these ties and exploring how the group functions in this role, we will elucidate and contextualize the history of the Haqqani network."--Abstract
A false foundation? : AQAP, tribes and ungoverned spaces in Yemen( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The report attempts to disaggregate the threat posed by al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula from the sources of instability surrounding it, by examining the group's strategy, tactics and objectives from a local perspective. The report specifically concentrates on events and actors in Yemen's Eastern governorates, often described as the most 'tribal' parts of Yemen and an epicenter of AQAP activity. This discussion of the tribes of Marib and al-Jawf is informed by 12 months of research conducted in Yemen including fieldwork in the governorate of Marib. The author's network of contacts and dozens of interviews with tribal leaders and tribesmen suggest that although tribes have long been cited as a primary resiliency mechanism for AQAP, the group enjoys no formal alliance with tribes in either Marib or al-Jawf and there is ample evidence to suggest that, contrary to popular analysis, the group's strength and durability does not stem from Yemen's tribes. By refocusing the emphasis on the group's operations in Yemen, this report provides a new assessment of AQAP's sources of resiliency, the constraints and opportunities inherent in the local political context and implications for the group's regional and global ambitions
Al-Qa'ida's foreign fighters in Iraq : a first look at the Sinjar records by Joseph H Felter( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On December 4, 2007 Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, the reputed Emir of al-Qa'ida's Islamic State of Iraq (151), claimed that his organization was almost purely Iraqi, containing only 200 foreign fighters. Twelve days later, on December 16, 2007, Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Sunnis in Iraq to unite behind the 151. Both statements are part of al-Qa'ida's ongoing struggle to appeal to Iraqis, many of whom resent the ISI's foreign leadership and its desire to impose strict Islamic law. In November 2007, received the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point nearly 700 records of foreign nationals that entered Iraq between August 2006 and August 2007. The data compiled and analyzed in this report is drawn from these personnel records, which was collected by al-Qa'ida's Iraqi affiliates, first the Mujahidin Shura Council (MSC) and then the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). The records contain varying levels of information on each fighter, but often include the fighter's country of origin, hometown, age, occupation, the name of the fighter's recruiter, and even the route the fighter took to Iraq. The records were captured by coalition forces in October 2007 in a raid near Sinjar, along Iraq's Syrian border. Although there is some ambiguity in the data, it is likely that all of the fighters listed in the Sinjar Records crossed into Iraq from Syria. The Sinjar Records' existence was first reported by The New York Times' Richard Oppel, who was provided a partial summary of the data. The Combating Terrorism Center is pleased to make the Sinjar Records publicly available for the first time. The purpose of this initial assessment of the Sinjar Records is to provide scholars access to this unique data, in the hope that their scholarship will complement and compete with our own
Radical Islamic ideology in Southeast Asia( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The volume uses a country-based approach, focusing on jihadi ideology in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. The final chapter looks at jihadi content on the internet. CTC hopes this report serves both the academic and practitioner communities to better understand the landscape of terrorism in Southeast Asia."--Preface
The Osama bin Laden files : letters and documents discovered by SEAL Team Six during their raid on bin Laden's compound by Osama Bin Laden( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

'An intriguing glimpse into the aging al-Qaeda leader's thoughts as his life neared its end.'--Washington Post. 'A sort of anthropology of a terror network.'--The New York Times. 'A rare, often fascinating glimpse of al-Qaeda and its leadership.'-- BBC News. On May 2, 2011, US Navy SEALs and CIA operatives raided the secret compound of Osama bin Laden, killing the founder of the jihadist militant group al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the tragedies of September 11, 2001. A year after his death, documents and personal correspondence by bin Laden found in the compound have been made public for the first time, offering a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the most infamous terrorists in world history. A treasure trove of documents, including correspondence between bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders, have been translated from Arabic, accompanied by analysis and background information from members of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The Osama bin Laden Diaries details the decision making behind one of the most nefarious terrorist organizations of all time
The Islamic imagery project : visual motifs in jihadi Internet propaganda by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Internet is a critical means of communication for the newest generation of terrorist groups. The salafi jihadi movement in particular has used the Internet to pass strategic, operational, and tactical instruction to its followers, becoming adept at utilizing the anonymity and global reach of online communications to promote its message. Visual imagery provides a key aspect of the terrorists' message in that it allows these groups to paint a picture of their objectives, their enemies, and their strategy through graphics, photographs, and symbols. The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has provided an open source catalogue of these images and their meaning. The Islamic Imagery Project: Visual Motifs in Jihadi Internet Propaganda provides analyses for one-hundred key motifs that appear throughout the jihadists' visual propaganda
Edges of radicalization : individuals, networks and ideas in violent extremism by Scott Helfstein( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study argues that the spread of violent extremism cannot be fully understood as an ideological or social phenomenon, but must be viewed as a process that integrates the two forces in a coevolutionary manner. The same forces that make an ideology appealing to some aggrieved group of people are not necessarily the same factors that promote its transfer through social networks of self-interested human beings. As a result, radicalization inexorably intertwines social and ideological forces in systemic fashion. The coevolutionary nature of the social and ideological spheres presents a unique challenge and is one of the reasons that rigorous efforts to identify a radical or terrorist profile have not yielded significant return. Efforts to develop an archetype often focuses on individual traits, but it may be that profiles based on social and ideological behavior need to be considered simultaneously in developing a theory that is actionable for counterterrorism practitioners
Jihadi after Action Report: SYRIA by Stephen Ulph( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... An in-depth study of the Jihadi Movement's top thinkers and their most popular writings. This is the first systematic mapping of the ideology inspiring al-Qaeda. The CTC's researchers spent one year mining the most popular books and articles in al-Qaeda's online library, profiling hundreds of figures in the Jihadi Movement, and cataloging over 11,000 citations. The empirically supported findings of the project are surprising: The most influential Jihadi intellectuals are clerics from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, two of the US's closest allies in the Middle East. Among them, the Jordanian cleric Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi has had the most impact on other Jihadi thinkers and has been the most consequential in shaping the worldview of the Jihadi Movement. In contrast, the study finds that Usama Bin Ladin and Ayman al-Zawahiri have had little influence on other Jihadi theorists and strategists. The Executive Report summarizes the main conclusions of this comprehensive effort and provides policy-relevant recommendations informed by these findings."--CTC web site
Harmony and disharmony : exploiting al-Qa'ida's organizational vulnerabilities( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cracks in the foundation : leadership schisms in Al-Qaʹida from 1989-2006 by Vahid Brown( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Key insights emerge from this analysis of documents declassified from the Harmony Database and made available to the Combating Terrorism Center by the DoD. The analysis charts the evolution of Al-Qa'ida and of the internal divisions between guerrilla strategists and brand managers that accompanied it. The Harmony documents shed light on cohesion problems that have been bedeviling Salafi jihadi organizations going back more than 30 years. This has been a constant challenge for al-Qa'ida as well. While the branding-versus-bureaucracy crux has consistently been the driving force, at different points in the development of al-Qa'ida the scope and consequences of this leadership struggle have changed. During the first phase, from the founding of the organization at the close of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan to the return of the leadership to South Asia after its misadventures in Africa, al-Qa'ida had failed in both areas, creating neither an effective guerrilla organization nor a consistent jihadi message. In the second phase, from al-Qa'ida's re-establishment in Afghanistan to its dispersal from that refuge by American-led attacks, al-Qa'ida was able to exploit the relative security provided by its uneasy alliance with the Taliban to develop and begin to "market" its anti-American message. Though it was during this period that it was able to carry out the large-scale acts of terror for which it is famous -- the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa and the attacks of 9/11 -- internal divisions over the decision to target the United States severely degraded al-Qa'ida's organizational capacity. During the third and current phase, which began with the United States' response to 9/11, al-Qa'ida as a centrally-controlled bureaucracy all but disappeared, with most of its key military and strategic leaders dispersed, captured, or killed. In this period, al-Qa'ida Central has been largely reduced to a media organization. A 44-page Harmony document bibliography is included
The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia by Thomas Hegghammer( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper traces and assesses al-Qa'ida's efforts to launch an insurgency in Saudi Arabia from the mid-1990s until today. It examines the background of Usama bin Ladin's 1996 declaration of jihad, al-Qa'ida's activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1996 to 2002, and the causes and evolution of the campaign waged by the group "al-Qa'da on the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP) from 2003 to 2006. The paper argues that despite the widespread view of Saudi Arabia as "al-Qa'ida country," and despite the recent developments in Yemen, the jihad in Saudi Arabia has failed so far. Today, practically nothing remains of the original AQAP organization. Nevertheless, its legacy and propaganda continues to inspire amateur cells, and al-Qa'ida in Yemen is actively planning operations in the Kingdom. The Saudi jihad failed because it lacked popular support. In addition to the lack of popular support and the coercive power of the state, al-Qa'ida's efforts suffered from an ideological split in the Kingdom's militant Islamist community. The current AQAP in Yemen represents a different organization from its Saudi namesake. The alleged merger between Yemeni and Saudi al-Qa'ida in January 2009 was a public relations ploy designed to gloss over the defeat of Saudi AQAP and create a false impression of organizational continuity. Still, Yemeni AQAP currently poses a greater terrorist threat to Saudi Arabia than any other network and, as demonstrated by the Christmas Day 2009 failed attack, a threat to the United States
Al-Qa'ida's Spymaster Analyzes the U.S. Intelligence Community by Brian Fishman( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On August 6, 2006 Al Jazeera broadcast a video in which Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed that al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (Egyptian Islamic Group Gamaa Islamiya) had joined Al-Qa'ida. The video also included Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah, a player in Egyptian Islamist movements since 1979 swearing allegiance to Al-Qa'ida on behalf of the Egyptian group. Despite al-Zawahiri's star power, al-Hakaymah's claims were subsequently disputed by members of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which had formally renounced violence in 1997. Al-Hakaymah's bayat to Al Qa'ida corresponded with the publication of his book, The Myth of Delusion, a detailed dissertation designed to demystify the U.S. intelligence community. Arab observers, in and outside of Egypt, have since speculated that Al-Hakaymah will play an increasingly significant role in Al-Qa'ida because of his expertise on the United States security community and disillusionment with Gamaa Islamiya's nonviolent approach. Since releasing Myth, al-Hakaymah has circulated a brief exhortation to individual jihad entitled Toward a New Strategy and a tactical handbook entitled Fighting Alone
 
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Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

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United States Military Academy West Point Combating Terrorism Center

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