Hunting in the Shadows by Seth G. Jones
The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11

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From one of our most trusted counterterrorism experts, a sweeping, insider's account of the decade-long chase for America's deadliest enemy.

This landmark history chronicles the dramatic, decade-long war against al Qa’ida and provides a model for understanding the ebb and flow of terrorist activity. Tracing intricately orchestrated terrorist plots and the elaborate, multiyear investigations to disrupt them, Seth G. Jones identifies three distinct “waves” of al Qa’ida violence. As Jonathan Mahler wrote in the New York Times Book Review, “studying these waves and the counterwaves that repelled them can tell us a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fighting terrorism.” The result is a sweeping, insider’s account of what the war has been and what it might become.

About Seth G. Jones

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Seth G. Jones has served as a senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command and is currently associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of In the Graveyard of Empires.
Published May 1, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 544 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Chief Egyptian idealogue Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, author of the seminal Primer in Preparing for Jihad, warned against taking the violent campaign against the Egyptian government and asserted that the terrorist tactics “grossly misinterpreted Islam.” His deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri became increasingly ...

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The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 “provided [al-Qaeda] an opportunity for redemption” and “triggered a new wave of attacks in the West.” This second wave ended when Iraq’s Sunni tribes united against al-Qaeda’s harsh “punishment strategy.” The third wave, characterized by “homeg...

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The last few months — and indeed, the last few weeks — have brought news of multiple drone strikes targeting and killing a dozen leaders of al-Qaeda’s third wave in Yemen, called “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.” Founded in 2007 and masterminded by Fahd al-Quso, who died on May 6, and a charis...

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In fact, according to Jones, the first great wave of centralized al-Qaeda violence — beginning with the 1998 assaults against American embassies in Africa and cresting on 9/11 — was over by 2003, with no successful new attacks against the United States and with leaders captured or in hiding.

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