Radicalized: The New Generation of Jihadis and the Threat to the West

Radicalized: The New Generation of Jihadis and the Threat to the West

by Peter R. Neumann


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Radicalized: The New Generation of Jihadis and the Threat to the West by Peter R. Neumann

The 2015 Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks heralded the beginning of a new wave of terrorism—one rooted in the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq that shows the possibility of foreign attackers working with citizens of the country. As ISIS seeks to expand its reach in the Middle East, its territory serves as a training and operations base for a new generation of jihadis. Young people from the West, primarily from Europe, have traveled to join the terror organization, re-emerging as hardened fighters with military training and a network of international contacts. Many have returned to their homelands, where it is feared they are planning a new series of brutal attacks. When the War on Terror began, Western political leaders assured their citizens that they would be engaging terrorists "over there" in Iraq and Afghanistan and not at home. In this guide to the latest development in the War on Terror based on extensive interviews and previously-unseen material, Peter R. Neumann explains the phenomenon of the "new jihadis" and why the threat of terrorism and ISIS in the West is greater than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784536732
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 12/30/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 888,990
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter R. Neumann is a professor of security studies at King’s College London and director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). He is a leading expert on terrorism and radicalization, and has advised governments and international institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Neumann is also a prominent media commentator on terrorism and has appeared on BBC, CNN, CBS News, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.

Table of Contents

Maps viii

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Preface xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Four Waves of Modern Terrorism

1 Anarchism, Anti-Colonialism and the New Left 9

2 The Religious Wave 32

Part 2 The Next Wave

3 The Islamic State 55

4 Foreign Fighters 85

5 Supporters 110

6 The American Exception? 136

7 Al-Qaeda 152

8 Counterterrorism 172

Appendix A Fighters from Western Europe 189

Appendix B Relationship with the Islamic State 190

Names and Organizations 196

Notes 203

Further Reading 227

Index 229

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