By Michael W. S. Ryan
By consulting the paintings of famous and vague al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan reveals jihadist terrorism technique has extra in universal with the foundations of Maoist guerrilla battle than mainstream Islam. Encouraging strategists and researchers to dedicate higher realization to jihadi rules instead of jihadist army operations, Ryan builds an efficient framework for reading al-Qaeda's plans opposed to the United States and constructs a compelling counternarrative to the West's meant "war on Islam."
Ryan examines the Salafist roots of al-Qaeda ideology and the contributions of its most famed founders, Osama Bin encumbered and Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a political-military context. He additionally reads the Arabic-language works of lesser recognized theoreticians who've performed an instrumental position in framing al-Qaeda's so-called battle of the oppressed. those authors simply cite the guerrilla thoughts of Mao, Che Guevara, and the mastermind of the Vietnam battle, normal Giap. in addition they include the arguments of yank theorists writing on "fourth-generation warfare."
Through those texts, readers adventure occasions as insiders see them, and via targeting the actions and pronouncements of al-Qaeda's notion leaders, specifically in Yemen, they parent the direct hyperlink among al-Qaeda's strategies and traits in anti-U.S. terrorism. Ryan exhibits al-Qaeda's political-military technique to be a innovative and principally secular departure from the vintage Muslim notion of jihad, including worthwhile dimensions to the operational, mental, and informational thoughts already deployed by way of America's army within the region.