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Beyond Al-Qaeda, Part 1: The Global Jihadist Movement by Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather

By Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg

Examines al-Qaeda's evolution and the emergence of the wider worldwide jihadist movement--groups affiliated, linked, or encouraged via al-Qaeda--and the chance that they pose to the USA and U.S. allies and pursuits. The authors finish via starting up a four-pronged technique to counter the jihadist chance.

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The Global Islamic Media Front stated in an Internet posting, “because destroying a Crusader’s vehicle without publishing a tape of the operation gives the enemy the chance to deny it . . the enemy cares less if one of its vehicles has exploded . . 52 Al-Qaeda has also used more traditional means, such as the creation of manifestos, tracts, and other written materials. The group also published a training manual that offers tips on deception and various terrorist tactics. 53 These written forms of propaganda have not only spread al-Qaeda’s worldview but have also offered practical advice on engaging the enemy in battle.

Com (as of October 7, 2005). org (as of June 2, 2005). 46 Thomas (2003), pp. 112–123. 47 Weimann (2004a, 2004b). 48 Weimann (2004a), p. 5. 49 Stephen Schwartz, “The Islamic Terrorism Club,” The Weekly Standard, November 10, 2003. Al-Qaeda’s Ideology and Propaganda 19 the multiplicity of ways in which it works through this medium to strengthen its organization by making its ideology, strategy, and tactics more widely available to potential recruits. Al-Qaeda has also spread its propaganda through the production of videos.

S. and allied decisionmakers having an accurate image of how these organizations are structured and staffed and how they relate to each other. Further, since terrorist and insurgent groups are dynamic entities and the relationships among individuals and organizations are fluid, this picture will need to be continuously reassessed and updated. Properly trained personnel will be critical to success. Analysts will need a deep understanding of the region they are observing—its language, geography, history, and culture—to be able to interpret rapidly and accurately what they are seeing and hearing.

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