Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism

Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism

by Daniel Byman
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Cambridge University Press
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Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism

Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Syria are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the West, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate book is the first to analyze this phenomenon. Focusing primarily on sponsors from the Middle East and South Asia, it examines the different types of support that states provide, their motivations, and the impact of such sponsorship. The book also considers regimes that allow terrorists to raise money and recruit without providing active support. The experiences of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are detailed here, alongside the histories of radical groups such as al-Qaida and Hizballah. The book concludes by assessing why it is often difficult to force sponsors to cut ties to terrorist groups and suggesting ways in which it could be done better in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521839730
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2005
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of tablesvi
List of acronymsix
Map: A political map of the Middle East and South Asiaxii
2Why do states support terrorism?21
3The nature and impact of state support53
4Iran and the Lebanese Hizballah79
5Syria and Palestinian radical groups117
6Pakistan and Kashmir155
7Afghanistan under the Taliban187
8Passive sponsors of terrorism219
9The difficulties of stopping state sponsorship259
10Halting support for terrorism273
AppendixMajor terrorist groups313

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