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Why Occupation Ignites Suicide Terrorism

in Cutting the Fuse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226645605
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226645643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226645643.003.0002
Why Occupation Ignites Suicide Terrorism

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This chapter investigates how military occupation drives ordinary people to become suicide terrorists. It analyzes the global patterns of suicide attacks around the world from 1980 to 2003, which involved about 350 suicide attacks, and from 2004 to 2009, when the number of suicide attacks around the world escalated sharply and became more focused against the United States. The findings indicate that the conquest of Muslim countries since 2001 has vastly increased anti-American suicide terrorism around the world and suggests that the war on terrorism from 2001 to 2009 has failed to make Americans safer.

Keywords: military occupation; suicide terrorists; United States; anti-American terrorism; suicide terrorism; war on terrorism

Chapter.  7669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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