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THE DEVOLUTION OF JIHADISM From Al Qaeda to Wider Movement [Blurbs for back cover] A STRATFOR BOOK [TK: 65-word summary of book] STRATFOR is a world leader in private global intelligence: political, economic, military and security. Utilizing a Web-based publishing platform, STRATFOR provides its members with in-depth analysis of important issues and events worldwide as well as rapid updates on developing events.
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STRATFOR 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 900 Austin, Texas 78701 Copyright © 2010 by STRATFOR All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part Printed in the United States of America The contents of this book originally appeared as analyses on STRATFOR’s subscription Web site. . ISBN: [?] EAN-13: [?] Publisher: Grant Perry Editor: Michael McCullar Project Coordinator: Robert Inks Designer: TJ Lensing
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CONTENTS Introduction [?] A Note on Content [?] CHAPTER 1: [TITLE] [Title of First Piece] [?]
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INTRODUCTION Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States launched what it initially termed the “Global War on Terror” (GWOT). This offensive sought to apply the full force of all five of the levers of counterterrorism power (intelligence, military might, diplomacy, law enforcement and financial sanctions) against the global jihadist movement and its vanguard group, al Qaeda. While the GWOT has been renamed “overseas contingency operations” under the Obama administration, the offensive efforts that comprised it are ongoing. For all practical purposes, the counterterrorism campaign of the Obama administration is a continuation of the campaign begun by the Bush administration. Over time, all military organizations adapt as they adopt new technologies, change organizational doctrines and employ new tactics on the battlefield. Experience, battlefield losses and successes — and the use of new technologies and tactics by the enemy — combine to help drive these changes. Clearly, there is a big difference between the U.S. military of today and the military that fought in Vietnam. Indeed, there is even a substantial difference between how the U.S. military is equipped and operates today and how it was equipped and operated when it invaded Iraq in March 2003. It should come as no surprise, then, that in the almost nine years that the United States and its allies have focused their counterterrorism efforts against the jihadist movement, the movement has changed and adapted in response to the pressure applied against it. This pressure has caused the al Qaeda organization — the military and ideological vanguard of the jihadist movement — to lose its sanctuary and infrastructure in Afghanistan, many of its operational leaders and a great deal of its financial support. Indeed, as an organization, al Qaeda today is a mere shell of what it was before the 9/11 attacks.
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