July 1, 2009

The Search for Al Qaeda

If the first rule in war is to know your enemy, the United States is failing. Al Qaeda is the most complex enemy this country has ever faced. It is a network whose mission is to drive Americans out of the Muslim world, destroy Israel, and to create a jihadist superstate. Riedel illuminates how Al Qaeda is accomplishing this mission by profiling many of its senior leaders--notably Osama bin Ladin, Ayman Zawahiri, and Abu Musaib al Zarqawi. He also analyzes the origins, ideology, strategies, tactics, and vulnerabilities of Al Qaeda, demonstrating how these were used to attack the World Trade Center on 9/11, and how they continue to be adapted to fight the war in Afghanistan and Iraq today.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Search for Al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future
Bruce Riedel
HV 6432.5 .Q2 R54 2008