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Terrorist Trail: Backtracking the Foreign Fighter

Terrorist Trail: Backtracking the Foreign Fighter

by H. John Poole, Mike Leahy
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963869593
Publisher:
Posterity Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
82 illustrations
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,077,849
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

William S. Lind
Once again, John Poole has made a substantial contribution to understanding a 21st-Century world likely to be dominated by 4th-Generation war (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Ray L. Smith
[W]ithout seriously contemplating this thought-provoking book, U.S. military men should not expect much of a change to the current situation (Ray L. Smith, former commander of Camp Lejeune).
John H. Admire
[B]ook is a chilling description of the nature and extent of the constantly evolving and emerging [terrorist] threat as well as a ... surprising expose of those countries funding and fueling the hatreds.... Its true value, however, may be in outlining tactics and strategies to defeat today's terrorism threat (John H. Admire, former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Thomas R. Sargent
[B]ook ... has historical and tactical information essential to the containment of terrorism. The research and detail are amazing!... [It says] pure massive power is counterproductive.... In all military schools, [it] ... should be the bible for changing our philosophy and tactics to contain and defeat terrorism (Thomas R. Sargent, frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf).
Kim Holien
China ... has become ... [a] player in the terrorist wars of the Middle East and elsewhere.... Poole recognizes this and has written a brilliant analysis of these two ... theaters of ... war that would make Orde Wingate and T.E. Lawrence proud.... This is a guide to victory over a determined foe (Kim B. Holien, professional military historian).
Edwin Howard Simmons
[F]illed with mind-stirring information not easily found elsewhere, this [book is] on terrorism and insurgency, where and how they have been fought, and some of the organizations, tactics, and techniques that have worked (Edwin Howard Simmons, former head of Hist. & Museums Div., HQMC).
Anthony C. Zinni
[A]nother brilliant and insightful work.... [It has] a depth of research and understanding that ... those facing today's challenges [will need] ... to clearly grasp the nature of the conflict and the enemy.... [A]nother must read ... if you want to understand the true global ... connection of the threats we face (Anthony C. Zinni, former head of CENTCOM).

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