By Michael W. S. Ryan
Via consulting the paintings of recognized and vague al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan unearths jihadist terrorism method has extra in universal with the foundations of Maoist guerrilla war than mainstream Islam. Encouraging strategists and researchers to dedicate larger awareness to jihadi rules instead of jihadist army operations, Ryan builds a good framework for interpreting al-Qaeda's plans opposed to the US and constructs a compelling counternarrative to the West's intended "war on Islam."
Ryan examines the Salafist roots of al-Qaeda ideology and the contributions of its most renowned 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 function in framing al-Qaeda's so-called battle of the oppressed. those authors comfortably cite the guerrilla suggestions of Mao, Che Guevara, and the mastermind of the Vietnam battle, normal Giap. additionally they contain the arguments of yank theorists writing on "fourth-generation warfare."
Through those texts, readers event occasions as insiders see them, and by means of targeting the actions and pronouncements of al-Qaeda's concept leaders, specially in Yemen, they determine 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 progressive and mostly secular departure from the vintage Muslim belief of jihad, including useful dimensions to the operational, mental, and informational techniques already deployed through America's army within the area.