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Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.). Harmony Program

Works: 8 works in 14 publications in 1 language and 283 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Sources  History 
Classifications: HV6431, 956.70443
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Most widely held works by Combating Terrorism Center (U.S.).
Dysfunction and decline : lessons learned from inside Al Qa`ida in Iraq by Brian Fishman( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on Al-Qa`ida in Iraq's (AQI's) own lessons-learned documents, this monograph identifies a number of structural weaknesses that contributed to AQI's decline, including creating unrealistic expectations among foreign fighters, weak indoctrination and training mechanisms, and command and control structures that diluted command authority within the group
Cracks in the foundation : leadership schisms in Al-Qaʹida from 1989-2006 by Vahid Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 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
Haqqani network financing : the evolution of an industry by Gretchen Peters( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The CTC's latest report leverages captured battlefield material and the insights of local community members in Afghanistan and Pakistan to outline the financial architecture that sustains the Haqqani faction of the Afghan insurgency. The Haqqani network is widely recognized as a semi-autonomous component of the Taliban and as the deadliest and most globally focused faction of that latter group. What receives far less attention is the fact that the Haqqani network also appears to be the most sophisticated and diversified from a financial standpoint. In addition to raising funds from ideologically like-minded donors, an activity the Haqqanis have engaged in since the 1980s, information collected for this report indicates that over the past three decades they have penetrated key business sectors, including import-export, transport, real estate and construction in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab Gulf and beyond. The Haqqani network also appears to operate its own front companies, many of which seem to be directed at laundering illicit proceeds. By examining these issues this report demonstrates how the Haqqanis' involvement in criminal and profit-making activities has diversified over time in pragmatic response to shifting funding conditions and economic opportunities, and how members of the group have a financial incentive to remain the dealmakers and the enforcers in their area of operations, a dynamic which is likely to complicate future U.S. and Afghan efforts to deal with the group."--Publisher's website
A false foundation? : AQAP, tribes and ungoverned spaces in Yemen( Book )

1 edition 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 )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 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
Bombers, bank accounts, & bleedout : al-Qa`ida's road in and out of Iraq( Book )

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

This report ... expands on the first Sinjar Report, introducing new documents and new analysis to provide a better picture of al-Qa`ida in Iraq's operations and its prospects for the future. This is the CTC's fifth major Harmony Report
Letters from Abbottabad : Bin Ladin sidelined?( Book )

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

"This report is a study of 17 declassified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. Some of the letters are incomplete and/or are missing their dates, and not all of the letters explicitly attribute their author(s) and/or indicate the addressee. In addition to Bin Ladin, the recognizable individuals who appear in the letters either as authors or as recipients are Atiyyatullah and Abu Yahya al-Libi, both of whom are al-Qaida leaders; Adam Yahya Gadahn, the American al-Qaida spokesman and media advisor; Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, the leader of the Somali militant group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin; Abu Basir (Nasir al-Wuhayshi), the leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP); and Hakimullah Mahsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Given the small collection of documents released to the CTC, it is impossible to construct a coherent evolution of al-Qaida or its current state. "Letters from Abbottabad" is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion."--Publisher's website
The Haqqani nexus and the evolution of al-Qaida by Don Rassler( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 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
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United States Military Academy. Combating Terrorism Center. Harmony Program

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