The Counterterrorist Manual (Hardback)
A Practical Guide to Elite International Units
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In the past thirty-five years, counterterrorist units have been deployed to deal with airplane, ship, train, and bus hijackings. They have rescued hostages in various types of buildings and have dealt with barricaded bank robbers, prison rioters, and assorted dangerous criminals. Thousands have been rescued and millions have been safer because terrorists were aware that elite antiterrorist units were poised to take action should they take hostages.
Following the September 11th attack on the World Trade Centre, the mission of many anti-terrorist units has expanded. Some units now track terrorists to their lairs in other countries and strike them there. Despite the significant and growing role of these units, little is known about the way they operate. The selection, training, structure and principles of maintaining such units, together with basic theories of asymmetric warfare are the subject of Thompson's latest work.
In a practical, step-by-step guide he analyses the necessary organisation of such elite teams, the arming and equipping of units, and methods for a variety of missions from hostage rescue and high-level dignitary protection to securing foreign embassies and counter-WMD strikes.
Open the pages of this book and enter the world of the counterterrorist operator.
A finely illustrated guidebook to antiterrorist units deployed to handle airplane, ship, train and bus hijackings. Units around the world are examined in a survey of these elite antiterrorist units and their operations, a pick for any military library and packed with color photos of equipment and more.Midwest Book Review
An up to date and comprehensive book... It raises interesting questions about whether CT teams should be police or military based, covers recruitment and selection with a vigour bordering on propaganda and is a gun enthusiast's dream in its long but well organised section on weapons and equipment.historyofwar.org
The book remains interesting throughout and is very well organized and has real strengths in the final chapters when the author brings together all the information presented in previous chapters together nicely in the missions and tactics section showing how organization, equipment, training and selection combine in practice.
Excellent informative book. A good overview of the different organizations across the world involved in the fight against global terrorism. Includes descriptions of the organization, weapons and procedures. Highly recommended for anyone interested in what is being done to stop the threat of terrorism today....Great reference for writers.militarybookclub.com
A very informative and enlightening book, and I highly recommendGunblast.com