WorldCat Identities

Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)

Overview
Works: 38 works in 49 publications in 1 language and 1,322 library holdings
Genres: Sources  Periodicals  Bibliography  History 
Classifications: HV6433.M52, 363.32516
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.) Publications about Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)
Publications by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.) Publications by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)
Most widely held works by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.)
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 194 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
Jihadi after action report, Syria by Stephen Ulph ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 187 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 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Radical Islamic ideology in Southeast Asia ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries 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
Al-Qa'ida's spymaster analyzes the U.S. intelligence community by Brian Fishman ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
CTC sentinel by NY) Combating Terrorism Center (West Point ( )
in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Osama Bin Laden files : letters and documents discovered by SEAL Team Six during their raid on Bin Laden's compound by The Combating Terrorism Center ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries 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
Militant ideology atlas research compendium ( )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 16 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
The management of savagery the most critical stage through which the Umma will pass by Abu Bakr Naji ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 13 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
Al-Qaida's (mis)adventures in the Horn of Africa ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Islamic imagery project visual motifs in jihadi Internet propaganda by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.) ( )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries 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
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
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
Militant ideology atlas executive report ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 5 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
Crime and insurgency in the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan by Gretchen Peters ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 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 )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 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
A false foundation? AQAP, tribes and ungoverned spaces in Yemen ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 4 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
Beware of imitators Al-Qa'ida through the lens of its confidential secretary by Nelly Lahoud ( )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"I should write a history of the jihadis in my time as I witnessed it and not as it is perceived by the West or those who disagree with us," explains Fadil Harun regarding his motivation to publish his two-volume manuscript al-Harb 'ala al-Islam: Qissat Fadil Harun (The War against Islam: the Story of Fadil Harun). How different then is al-Qa'ida from other jihadi groups? In addition to the introduction, this report consists of three chapters and a concluding section. The opening chapter is an account of Harun's journey as an al-Qa'ida operative as he presents himself; it is also a discussion of the merits and shortcomings of the manuscript in providing reliable information about al-Qa'ida's activities. The remaining parts of the report focus on two aspects that feature prominently in Harun's account of al-Qa'ida: the first pertains to al-Qa'ida's ideology and the second to its organizational structure
Challengers from the sidelines understanding America's violent far-right by Arie Perliger ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the last few years, and especially since 2007, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from individuals and groups who self-identify with the far-right of American politics. These incidents cause many to wonder whether these are isolated attacks, an increasing trend, part of increasing societal violence, or attributable to some other condition. To date, however, there has been limited systematic documentation and analysis of incidents of American domestic violence. This study provides a conceptual foundation for understanding different far-right groups and then presents the empirical analysis of violent incidents to identify those perpetrating attacks and their associated trends
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.64 (from 0.18 for The Osama ... to 0.79 for Jihadi aft ...)
Alternative Names
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
CTC
Languages
English (29)