Terrorist Trail: Backtracking the Foreign Fighter

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This book is about covertly penetrating the enemy heartland along the ground. At the height of the Iraq War, it was selling to Marines in the Euphrates Valley at a rate of 200 per month. That's because it helped them to seize the initiative. First, it describes the West's most effective counter-guerrilla force. This was not the British in Malaysia, but Rhodesia's Selous Scouts. Their ability to operate safely as tiny teams deep in enemy territory is the model to which all U.S. special operators should aspire. ...

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Overview

This book is about covertly penetrating the enemy heartland along the ground. At the height of the Iraq War, it was selling to Marines in the Euphrates Valley at a rate of 200 per month. That's because it helped them to seize the initiative. First, it describes the West's most effective counter-guerrilla force. This was not the British in Malaysia, but Rhodesia's Selous Scouts. Their ability to operate safely as tiny teams deep in enemy territory is the model to which all U.S. special operators should aspire. Never fond of apartheid, they regularly converted former foes into loyal members. Then, it shows how to follow enemy footprints in urban terrain. Finally, it provides a spellbinding history of "terrorism" in Africa—the most recent arena for Islamist and Communist expansion.

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Editorial Reviews

Unconventional Warfare Review
Only a few military thinkers have given us the insight and practical help that John Poole has over the years. In Terrorist Trail, "Gunny" Poole provides the insight we need to win the war on terror.
Quantico Sentry
Well-written and thoroughly researched, the book is a bastion of knowledge and an unequalled training tool. It traces the world's terrorist problems without taking political alliances.
Savannah Morning News
Poole ... writes ... to supplement military training manuals.... [He] finds that al-Qaeda has been shipping fighters from Somalia to Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kenya, and [that] ... Iranian-backed Hezbollah is sending fighters to the Middle East through Sudan.
Leatherneck Magazine
Poole's ability to place you inside the clandestine world of the international terrorist is profound.... The underlying message drives home our overall need to evolve [tactically].
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Poole's ... tactical manual explores ... urban mantracking.... His target audience ... [is] light infantry commanders.... [This] work ... is the seventh in a series.... One chapter focuses clearly on the war in Iraq and is current through August of this year.
El Paso Times
Poole examines ongoing events in Iraq, the Middle East and Africa through the enemy's perspective.... 'Terrorist Trail' has been widely applauded as a valuable handbook containing historical and tactical information that could help military strategists.
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
The book details the growing interest by China in African ... resources, and the exportation of African or Chinese guerrilla fighting tactics into Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.
g2-forward.org
Poole provides the insight we need to win the war on terror.... [S]mall near-autonomous units of truly light infantry ... [must] play the role of police force rather than occupiers.
Defense and the National Interest
Poole is one of the most innovative and creative thinkers to have served in the U.S. military.... Get the book ... [and] share it with military people.... Help spread the word.... [O]nly with the clamor of a great crowd will it be heard.
Mil.Officers Assoc.of America (MOAA)
This book combines current events with historical detail, a rare combination in the book industry.... Delving into national histories of African jihadists entering Iraq, it stumbles upon major issues.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine
'Terrorist Trail' analyzes current events in world terrorism and terrorist tactics and provides methods for dealing with them. Poole ... has spent much of his [military] retirement researching foreign military tactics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963869593
  • Publisher: Posterity Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: 82 illustrations
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,396,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Part One: Tail of the Viper
Chapter 1: Baseej from North Africa
Chapter 2: Bilad as-Sudan
Chapter 3: Levant Passage
Chapter 4: Euphrates Pipeline
Chapter 5: The Ongoing War in Iraq
Chapter 6: Iran's Growing Militancy
 
Part Two: "Dark Continent" Lessons
Chapter 7: Zulu Double-Envelopment
Chapter 8: Boer Stalking Attack
Chapter 9: South African Reconnaissance
Chapter 10: Selous Scout Infiltration
Chapter 11: African-Style Guerrilla Warfare
Chapter 12: Muslim Raids
 
Part Three: Grasping the Viper by the Tail
Chapter 13: Slowing the Flow of African Fighters
Chapter 14: Urban Tracking
Chapter 15: To Truly Win in a Place Like Iraq
 
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
About the Author
Name Index
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