Chapter

Al Qaeda

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/9780226645643.003.0007
Al Qaeda

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This chapter examines the suicide terrorism campaign of Al Qaeda. It outlines the group's origins, its visionary goals of restoring the Caliphate, its strategic calculus aimed at removing Western military and political influence from Muslim lands, and its tactical objectives borne of operational constraints and opportunities. The chapter evaluates the group's internal cohesiveness, its external alliances with other organizations, and the Arab public support for its goals and objectives. It also explains that while Al Qaeda never produced a high volume of attacks, its attacks have attracted substantial attention worldwide because of the high number of casualties.

Keywords: Al Qaeda; suicide terrorism; Caliphate; Western military influence; political influence; internal cohesiveness; external alliances

Chapter.  10204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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