Hunting in the Shadows

Hunting in the Shadows

The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida Since 9/11

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Baker & Taylor
A former senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command recounts the history of the United States' ongoing battle against Al Qaida, describing investigations conducted by the combined efforts of the CIA, FBI, and MI5 and the shifting alliances between terrorist groups.

Norton Pub
From one of our most trusted counterterrorism experts, a sweeping, insider's account of the decade-long chase for America's deadliest enemy.
This comprehensive, landmark history chronicles our ongoing battle against al-Qa’ida, the greatest threat the West has faced in the modern era. An internationally recognized authority on terrorism and counterinsurgency, Seth G. Jones presents a dramatic narrative of the on-the-ground police work; the elaborate, multiyear investigations led by the CIA, FBI, and Britain’s MI5; and the shifting and deadly alliances between terrorist groups that have characterized the conflict. With gripping detail he recounts the against-the-clock hunt for the Times Square bomber and reveals startling information about Osama bin Laden’s behavior during his final days. Drawing on recently declassified documents and court materials, transcripts of wiretapped conversations, and interviews with current and former government officials from the United States and key allies, Jones navigates the “waves” (al Qa’ida attacks) and “reverse waves” (successful efforts to disrupt al’Qa’ida), explaining how we might analyze past patterns in order to successfully counter al Qa’ida and its allies in the future.

Book News
Seth G. Jones, a RAND analyst, teacher for the U.S. Navy, and former senior U.S Special Operations Command advisor, has written a book about Al Qa'ida that is highly readable. In all such books there is a conflict between the premise of reporting the secret facts, and the reality that authors with professional military or intelligence connections cannot be reporters; they are in the business of keeping secret facts secret. This author's analysis of Al Qa'ida, however carefully researched, cannot reveal privileged information, or tell readers any facts that might seem politically embarrassing, however basic or proven (Al Qa'ida is primarially supported by Saudi Arabia, a key US ally). Jones therefore is limited in his ability to present a "big picture" of Al Qa'ida. Within the frame he is allowed, however, the book is thoughtful and carefully researched. At the end, Jones provides his analysis. He looks at the history of the conflict between the US and Al Qa'ida, and interestingly defines it as a war in which the side that kills the most civilians loses. His recommendations: avoid large military operations (they kill civilians and radicalize populations), rely on strategic strikes and secret intelligence operations to destroy leaders and groups deemed friendly to Al Qa'ida, and support "strong" governments (violence and civil unrest radicalize populations). Jones is particularly worried about the Arab Spring, but does not say how to define the kind of friendship to an unstructured, non-state movement that should lead the US to intervene in a foreign country. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A former senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command recounts the history of the United States' ongoing battle against al-Qaida, describing investigations conducted by the combined efforts of the CIA, FBI and MI5 and the shifting alliances between terrorist groups. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780393081459
0393081451
Branch Call Number: 973.931 Jones 2012
Characteristics: viii, 534 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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