The Evolution Of Special Forces In Counter-Terrorism

The Evolution Of Special Forces In Counter-Terrorism

by J. Taillon, Jane U. Adelizzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275969223

ISBN-13: 9780275969226

Pub. Date: 12/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The threat of terrorism knows no borders, and, given the complexities of today's global system, no nation can afford to stand alone. This study considers the role that international cooperation plays in assisting elite military forces engaged in low-intensity and counter-terrorist operations, particularly hostage rescue efforts. Using historical examples from the

Overview

The threat of terrorism knows no borders, and, given the complexities of today's global system, no nation can afford to stand alone. This study considers the role that international cooperation plays in assisting elite military forces engaged in low-intensity and counter-terrorist operations, particularly hostage rescue efforts. Using historical examples from the experiences of Great Britain and the United States, the author concludes that cooperation (ranging from shared intelligence, to forward base access, to the provision of observers) can provide significant advantages in dealing with low-intensity operations. However, the most fruitful joint efforts involve shared activities by countries that possess a similar threat perception, usually in part a result of a common sociology in their view of historical developments.

Before turning to modern counter-terrorism, Taillon addresses the respective military experiences of Britain and America within the wider realm of conventional and low-intensity operations. The main Anglo-American focus of the book gives primary importance to the developments and doctrine for the employment of special forces, as well as an analysis of more recent low-intensity and counter-terrorism operations, such as the 1980 Iranian embassy siege in London and the failure, that same year, of the American hostage rescue attempt in Teheran. Taillon hopes to identify and highlight those key aspects of cooperation at an international level which have, at least in part, been absolutely essential to successful counter-terrorist operations in the past and which seem destined to remain so in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275969226
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2000
Series:
Praeger Studies in Diplomacy and Strategic Thought Series
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Evolution of British Forces in Low-Intensity Conflict

British Special Forces in Low-Intensity Conflict

The Evolution and Role of British Special Forces

The Iranian Embassy Siege - London 30 April - 5 May 1980

The Evolution of American Forces in Low-Intensity Conflict

American Special Forces

The Evolution and Role of American Special Forces

Operation Eagle Claw—Delta's Raid into Iran

Considerations and Conclusions

Final Considerations

Conclusions

Appendix 1: Total Anti-U.S. Attacks, 1999

Appendix 2: Total International Terrorist Attacks, 1979-99

Appendix 3: Total International Attacks by Region, 1993-99

Appendix 4: Pattern of Revolutionary Warfare: Sequence of Insurgent Action

Bibliography

Index

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