Breaking Al-Qaeda: Psychological and Operational Techniques, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Elena Mastors

CRC Press
Published May 12, 2014
Reference - 241 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482230116 - CAT# K22645

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Breaking Al-Qaeda: Psychological and Operational Techniques, Second Edition explores the background and history of al-Qaeda, covers recent developments, and explains how, why, and where the al-Qaeda network is expanding. The author examines the current state of the terrorist network and describes what groups in the network are doing to recruit, plan, and carry out attacks worldwide.

The book reports on intelligence and counterterror methods being used to garner information on al-Qaeda. It describes how the destabilization of Arab countries has led to opportunities for terrorists to capitalize on that instability and gain a foothold in countries such as Egypt, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria.

  • Addresses information collection and analysis
  • Provides an overview of the business of informational influence
  • Explains how psychology can be used to understand and exploit individuals in terrorist networks
  • Explores the relationships between the core of al-Qaeda and other groups

Illustrating the message and ideology of al-Qaeda since the death of Usama bin Laden, the text explains the steps being taken to counter this threat. It also details psychological and operational techniques that can be used to counter network groups and fracture relationships between groups.