The War on Terror

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In warfare, the battles grab most of the attention. But there is also a secret history to every war. In this series we look at this hidden world of spies, double agents, assassins, and saboteurs, and learn how their actions affected the course of the world's most devastating conflicts.

This book explores the secrets of the War on Terror. It began with a very public event-the terrorist attacks of 9/11-but the War on Terror is mostly fought in secret. Its fighters are spies, ...

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Overview

In warfare, the battles grab most of the attention. But there is also a secret history to every war. In this series we look at this hidden world of spies, double agents, assassins, and saboteurs, and learn how their actions affected the course of the world's most devastating conflicts.

This book explores the secrets of the War on Terror. It began with a very public event-the terrorist attacks of 9/11-but the War on Terror is mostly fought in secret. Its fighters are spies, analysts, moles, and informers. Its weapons are phone taps, satellites, and killer drones.

Read this book and learn about:

the crew member on a US warship who was actually an al-Qaeda mole

the "vacuum cleaner in the sky" that sucks up communication signals as it passes overhead

the camera that can read a computer screen from the reflections in a terrorist suspect's eye

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Gr 6–8—This series offers snippets of information on long-running military and political actions. Focusing primarily on spies, coded messages, secret missions, propaganda, and other aspects of wars and conflicts that happened away from the public eye, the books are chock-full of trivia. Iraq War (which shows a slight negative bias about America's entry into the war) and War on Terror provide more general pictures of events, while the other books avoid long overviews to focus closely on the intelligence work aspects. The short biographies of spies that appear in several titles will especially pique readers' interest. Unfortunately, War on Terror already features one outdated caption, referring to Mubarak as Egypt's president. Still, this series is particularly appropriate for readers looking for a collection of quick facts rather than a narrative retelling of events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848376991
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Secret History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

A New Kind of War 6

After 9/11 8

Terror Cells 10

Intelligence Networks 12

Moles and Informers 14

Terror and Torture 16

How Terrorists Communicate 18

Electronic Eyes and Ears 20

Track and Trace 22

Spies in Space 24

Spy Planes and Drones 26

Secret Weapons 30

Suicide Attacks 30

Assassins and Hostage Takers 32

Special Forces in Combat 34

Propaganda Wars 36

State-Sponsored Terrorism 38

Secret Deals 40

War With No Winners? 42

Timeline 44

Glossary 44

Furtheh Information 45

Index 46

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