Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11
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Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11

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This comprehensive, landmark history chronicles our ongoing battle against al-Qa’ida, the greatest threat the West has faced in the modern era. An internationally recognized authority on terrorism and counterinsurgency, Seth G. Jones presents a dramatic narrative of the on-the-ground police work; the elaborate, multiyear investigations led by the CIA, FBI, and Britain’s MI...more
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Bryn Dunham
Hunting in the Shadows is a very interesting account of al Qaeda's operations and status since 9/11. This chronicles the various operations conducted or inspired by al Qaeda and the various individuals in carrying out the plots and the aftermath. What the author argues is that al Qaeda's operations come in waves in which operations are planned grow strength and attempted or carried out followed by a lull as those attempts are responded to. For example the first wave began with the US Embassy bom...more
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This was an excellent history of al-Qaida. The author bases his book on the hypothesis that there have been three major waves of the terrorist organization with the first wave beginning with the embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya and the third wave ending with the assassination of Osama bin Laden. The book draws on a variety of sources within the intelligence agencies of the United States and the UK and is very well written. The book is easy to read and also accessible to those who have limi...more
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