The Rise of Militant Islam: An Insider's View of the Failure to Curb Global Jihad

The Rise of Militant Islam: An Insider's View of the Failure to Curb Global Jihad

by Anthony Tucker-Jones


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The Rise of Militant Islam: An Insider's View of the Failure to Curb Global Jihad by Anthony Tucker-Jones

At the end of the Cold War the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction replaced the Soviet Union as the new enemy of world peace. The pariah WMD states became enemy No. 1. The significance of militant Islam’s growing disgust with Western foreign policy and apparent indifference to the suffering of Muslims worldwide was missed until it was too late.

In Rise of Militant Islam Anthony Tucker-Jones examines from an insider’s perspective how Western intelligence misinterpreted every landmark event on the road to 9/11 and ultimately failed to curb global jihad. The 9/11 attack provoked a ‘War on Terror’ which has yet to fully curb the threat of global jihad or bring ringleader Osama bin Laden to justice.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, who served in the Defense Intelligence Staff, the British Ministry of Defense’s top intelligence assessment organization, gained an unparalleled insider’s view of the growing war on terror and how the West’s intelligence agencies were wrong-footed at almost every turn. He traces the rise of international terrorism and its networks throughout the Muslim world, in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Algeria, Chechnya, Somalia and across the Middle East, and he uncovers the connections between them. He shows how the key to the growth of Al Qaeda as a global terrorist organization was not only the emergence of Osama bin Laden, but also the growing understanding of asymmetrical warfare which the CIA had taught anti-Soviet jihadists in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844159451
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 08/26/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anthony Tucker-Jones is an author and historian.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Timeline xi

1 Killing bin Laden 1

2 Goodbye Afghanistan 14

3 The Mountains of Allah 25

4 Seekers of the Truth 35

5 Somalia: a Lesson in Victory 46

6 Yemen: a Nest of Vipers 54

7 Bosnia: Trouble with 'Ragheads' 62

8 Algeria: Sacred Frustration 73

9 Chechnya: Moscow's Running Sore 81

10 Kosovo: a Missed Opportunity 92

11 Lebanon: Cradle of Terror 101

12 The Mahdi and the Pharaohs 108

13 Middle East Sojourn: Saudi Arabia 115

14 East Africa: War is Finally Declared 125

15 Punishing the Taliban 132

16 Tora Bora: Afghanistan Revisited 141

17 Saddam's Terrorists 148

18 Unwelcome Aftermath: International Jihad 155

19 Where's bin Laden? 162

20 Syria: on the Brink 173

21 Iraq: the New Breeding Ground 180

22 Holy Terror: the Rage of Islam 186

Epilogue 193

Glossary of Militant Islamic Groups 197

Notes and References 203

Bibliography 222

Index 231

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