Terrorist Rehabilitation: The U.S. Experience in Iraq

Ami Angell, Rohan Gunaratna

June 13, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 454 Pages - 131 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138112438 - CAT# K35173

USD$59.95

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Features

  • Presents the background and origin of threat groups in Iraq
  • Examines the treatment of detainees, including the atrocities at Abu Ghraib
  • Explores the elements of a successful detainee rehabilitation program
  • Recounts the experience of military personnel and OSS contractors and their work with Iraqi nationals functioning as social workers, teachers, and clerics in rehabilitation programs
  • Describes the programs and re-education process

Summary

Because terrorists are made, not born, it is critically important to world peace that detainees and inmates influenced by violent ideology are deradicalized and rehabilitated back into society. Exploring the challenges in this formidable endeavor, Terrorist Rehabilitation: The U.S. Experience in Iraq demonstrates through the actual experiences of military personnel, defense contractors, and Iraqi nationals that deradicalization and rehabilitation programs can succeed and have the capability to positively impact thousands of would-be terrorists globally if utilized to their full capacity.

Custodial and community rehabilitation of terrorists and extremists is a new frontier in the fight against terrorism. This forward-thinking volume:

  • Highlights the success of a rehabilitation program curriculum in Iraq
  • Encourages individuals and governments to embrace rehabilitation as the next most logical step in fighting terrorism
  • Examines the recent history of threat groups in Iraq
  • Demonstrates where the U.S. went awry in its war effort, and the steps it took to correct the situation
  • Describes religious, vocational training, education, creative expression, and Tanweer programs introduced to the detainee population
  • Provides insight into future steps based on lessons learned from current rehabilitation programs

It is essential that we shift the focus from solely detainment and imprisonment to addressing the ideological mindset during prolonged incarceration. It is possible to effect an ideological transformation in detainees that qualifies them to be reclassified as no longer posing a security threat. This volume demonstrates that with the proper program and encouragement, a detainee’s misunderstanding or extremist ideology can be replaced with the principles of moderation, toleration, and coexistence.

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