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The al-Qaida informal and loose international network in over 50 countries has been responsible for spectacular terrorist operations such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, and is apparently linked to the attack of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, in 2000 and the September 11th, 2001 events in New York City and Washington,DC.
The purpose of this book is not to glorify bin Laden and al-Qaida. Rather, it is designed to provide an easily accessible reference for academics, policymakers, reporters and other interested individuals on one of the most notorious terrorist groups. The volume exposes much of al-Qaida's mystique and thereby places it in perspective as one of the many challenges facing the international community in the 21st Century.
Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
Table of Contents Preface; Brief History; Ideology & Objectives; Leadership and Membership; Financial Sources of Support; Affiliated Groups; Areas of Operation; Headquarters; Tactics and Capabilities; Targets and Selected Attacks; Arrests of Members; al-Qaida Timeline; Selected Sources and Bibliography; and Appendices.