The Isis Apocalypse

Author: William McCants
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466892706
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The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag. How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors. The shrewd leaders of the Islamic State combined two of the most powerful yet contradictory ideas in Islam-the return of the Islamic Empire and the end of the world-into a mission and a message that shapes its strategy and inspires its army of zealous fighters. They have defied conventional thinking about how to wage wars and win recruits. Even if the Islamic State is defeated, jihadist terrorism will never be the same. Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen - William McCants' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

Drones And Targeted Killing In The Middle East And Africa

Author: Christine Sixta Rinehart
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498526489
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The use of drone warfare has become a controversial foreign policy weapon to keep the United States safe from further terrorist attacks. This book is an assessment of American targeted killing practices through drone warfare in the Middle East and Africa, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

Routledge Handbook On Human Rights And The Middle East And North Africa

Author: Anthony Tirado Chase
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317613767
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Recent events such as ‘Iran’s Green Revolution’ and the ‘Arab Uprisings’ have exploded notions that human rights are irrelevant to Middle Eastern and North African politics. Increasingly seen as a global concern, human rights are at the fulcrum of the region’s on-the-ground politics, transnational intellectual debates, and global political intersections. The Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa: emphasises the need to consider human rights in all their dimensions, rather than solely focusing on the political dimension, in order to understand the structural reasons behind the persistence of human rights violations; explores the various frameworks in which to consider human rights—conceptual, political and transnational/international; discusses issue areas subject to particularly intense debate—gender, religion, sexuality, transitions and accountability; contains contributions from perspectives that span from global theory to grassroots reflections, emphasising the need for academic work on human rights to seriously engage with the thoughts and practices of those working on the ground. A multidisciplinary approach from scholars with a wide range of expertise allows the book to capture the complex dynamics by which human rights have had, or could have, an impact on Middle Eastern and North African politics. This book will therefore be a key resource for students and scholars of Middle Eastern and North African politics and society, as well as anyone with a concern for Human Rights across the globe.

The Believer

Author: William McCants
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 081572845X
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In The Believer, Will McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them too extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar, with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. McCants shows how Baghdadi became radicalized in the Saddam Hussein era and found his path to power after connecting with other radicals in an American prison during the Iraq War, culminating in his declaration of a reborn Islamic empire bent on world conquest.

Jihadi Terrorism Insurgency And The Islamic State

Author: Robert Bunker
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1524577731
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This work is the third Small Wars Journal anthology focusing on radical Sunni Islamic terrorist and insurgent groups. It covers this professional journals writings for 2015 and complements the earlier Global Radical Islamist Insurgency anthologies that were produced as Vol. I: 20072011 (published in 2015) and Vol. II: 20122014 (published in 2016). This anthology, which offers roughly five hundred pages of additional analysis, follows the same general conceptual breakdown as the earlier works, and is divided into two major thematic sectionsone focusing on jihadi terrorism, insurgency, and the Islamic State in context and the other focusing on US-allied policy and counter-jihadi and counterIslamic State strategies.

Faith And Politics In Iran Israel And The Islamic State

Author: Ori Goldberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108548296
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Religious faith has been gaining in reach and influence throughout global politics over the last three decades, most prominently in the Middle East, and theologies of this nature are based on the understanding that faith in God is to be based, primarily and predominantly, on the realness of God's presence. The West, accustomed to its own discussion on religion and politics emphasising democracy and individual freedoms, has been at a loss to explain and engage these rising religious polities. Through an innovative approach to the role of faith in politics, Faith and Politics in Iran, Israel, and the Islamic State considers political theologies of the real formulated during the twentieth century and proposes that, while religion in the West has been committed to absolutist vision, these theologies have drawn their strength from a commitment to their concrete, divinely infused reality.

Al Qaeda Islamic State History Doctrine Modus Operandi And U S Strategy To Degrade And Defeat Terrorism Conducted In The Name Of Sunni Islam

Author: Paul Kamolnick
Publisher: Madison & Adams
ISBN: 8026879376
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Dr. Kamolnick’s book is a meticulously documented investigation and comparison of the al-Qaeda and the Islamic State across three key strategically relevant dimensions: essential doctrine, beliefs, and worldview; strategic concept, including terrorist modus operandi; and in the final chapter, specific implications, and recommendations for current U.S. Government policy and strategy. Contents: Belief-System, Creed, Worldview, Doctrine The Al-Qaeda Organization Sunni Islamic Orthodoxy Sunni-Salafism/“Fundamentalism” The Muwahhidun/Wahhabism/Salafi-Wahhabism Muslim Brotherhood-Salafi-Wahhabi The “Base of the Jihad”; Al-Qaeda From Qa'idat Al-Jihad to Bin Ladenism From Bin Ladenism Back to Qa‘idat Al-Jihad Post-Arab Spring Qa'idat Al-Jihad “What is Qa'idat Al-Jihad?” In a Nutshell: Fazul Abdullah and Adam Gadahn III. Islamic State Organization “Zarqawism” vs. AQO: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’s Worldview and Doctrine: 1989-June 7, 2006 From Non-Religious Violent Street Tough to Ultra-Sectarian Salafi-Wahhabi Jihadist Prison Tough: 1980-1999 Al-Zarqawi’s Private Jihasist Armies of the Levant: 1999-2004 The History, Doctrines, and Worldview of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s “Caliphate”: From ISI to the Caliphate: Brief Organizational History Self-Proclaimed Emir Al-Muminin Abu Bakr Al-Hussaini Al-Qurayshi Al-Baghdadi: The Caliphate Now! The “Final Solution” to the “Shia Problem” Terrorist Modus Operandi Terrorist Quadrangle Analysis The Al-Qaeda Organization The “Classical” Base First Bin Ladenist Lone Mujahid” “Far Enemy” Strategy Islamic State Conclusions, Implications, and Recommendations for U.S. Government Key Findings Belief-Systems, Worldviews, Doctrines, Creeds Strategies and Terrorist Modus Operandi Implications for U.S. Government Policy and Strategies Implications for Existing USG Policy and Strategy to Permanently Defeat AQ and its Affiliates Implications for Existing USG Policy and Strategy to Permanently Defeat the IS

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ISBN: 149856979X
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Author: Patrick Cockburn
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 9605669846
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Σε αυτό το εκρηκτικό βιβλίο, ο διάσημος ανταποκριτής στην Μέση Ανατολή, Πάτρικ Κόκμπερν αναλύει τα γεγονότα που οδήγησαν στην κατάληψη από τους Τζιχαντιστές μιας τεράστιας έκτασης που εκτείνεται στα σύνορα Ιράκ-Συρίας.Μολονότι διέθεταν τις δυνατότητες να διεξάγουν θεαματικές επιθέσεις όπως αυτή της 11ης Σεπτεμβρίου 2001, οι οργανώσεις των Τζιχαντιστών, με πρώτη τη διαβόητη Αλ Κάιντα, δεν ήταν σημαντικές δυνάμεις με εδαφικούς όρους. Άλλωστε, η στρατιωτική τους ισχύ είχε δεχτεί ισχυρότατο πλήγμα με την αμερικανική εισβολή στο Αφγανιστάν. Σήμερα όμως όλα αυτά έχουν αλλάξει. Εκμεταλλευόμενοι τα στραβοπατήματα της Δύσης τόσο στους πολέμους του Αφγανιστάν, της Λιβύης και της Συρίας, όσο και στις λανθασμένες εκτιμήσεις αναφορικά με τη Συρία και τις εξεγέρσεις της Αραβικής Άνοιξης, οι Τζιχαντιστές έχουν πετύχει εντυπωσιακές νίκες που οδήγησαν στη δημιουργία ενός χαλιφάτου που εκτείνεται από τη σουνιτική ενδοχώρα του Ιράκ έως μεγάλα τμήματα της βορειοανατολικής Συρίας. Οι κοσμικές και δημοκρατικές πολιτικές που υποτίθεται ότι ήρθαν στο προσκήνιο με την Αραβική Άνοιξη έχουν θαφτεί από την επιστροφή των Τζιχαντιστών. Και, κατά πάσα πιθανότητα, για άλλη μια φορά, η Δύση θα καταστεί ένας από τους στόχους. Πώς πήγαν τα πράγματα τόσο στραβά; Στις περιγραφές του σ’ αυτές τις σελίδες, με την συνήθη ψυχραιμία και διαύγεια και αντλώντας από την απαράμιλλη εμπειρία του ως ανταποκριτή στην περιοχή, ο Κόκμπερν αναλύει το ξεδίπλωμα μιας από τις μεγαλύτερες πανωλεθρίες της εξωτερικής πολιτικής της Δύσης.