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The Rise of Militant Islam (Hardback)

An Insider's View of the Failure to Curb Global Jihad

Modern Warfare Afghanistan

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781844159451
Published: 12th May 2010

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At the end of the Cold War the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction replaced the Soviet Union as the new enemy of world peace. The significance of militant Islam’s growing disgust with Western foreign policy and apparent indifference to the suffering of Muslims worldwide was missed until it was too late.

In ‘The Rise of Militant Islam’ Anthony Tucker-Jones examines from an insider’s perspective how Western intelligence misinterpreted every landmark event on the road to 9/11 and ultimately failed to curb global jihad.

The author, who served in the Defence Intelligence Staff, the British Ministry of Defence’s top intelligence assessment organisation, gained an unparalleled insider’s view of the growing war on terror and how the West’s intelligence agencies were wrong-footed at almost every turn.

He traces the rise of international terrorism and its networks throughout the Muslim world, in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Algeria, Chechnya, Somalia and across the Middle East and uncovers the connections between them. He shows how the key to the growth of Al-Quaeda as a global terrorist organisation was not only the emergence of Osama bin Laden, but also the growing understanding of asymmetrical warfare, which the CIA had taught anti-Soviet jihadists in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

An excellent overview of global jihad by a regular contributor to MI. The author traces the history of recent events in Somalia, Yemen, Bosnia, Algeria, Chechnya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, explaining the network of Islamic terrorist organisations. An interesting chapter investigates the links between Saddam Hussein and Islamic terrorism, revealing how Baghdad sheltering Al-Quaeda leader al-Zarqwai. All in all, a fascinating summary of the threat posed by militant Islam.

Military Illustrated, November 2010

This is a highly detailed and thought provoking book which chronicles the Western powers campaigns against the threat of militant Islam.

military history blogspot

‘Always highly interesting and well written …’

Robert de la Poer, Editor, The Journal of International Security

‘This book explains very eloquently how the West ended up needlessly fighting a two front war at the beginning of the millennia and how we could have avoided it if only we had exercised greater foresight and heeded the growing warning signs that Al-Qaeda and its leader meant business.

‘What sets ‘The Rise of Militant Islam’ apart is the breadth and scope of the analysis and its central concept. The author rightly identifies that 9/11 was in reality the culmination of Islamist discontent not the beginning – highly recommended.’

Nick Harvey, MP, Liberal Democrat Minister of State for the Armed Forces

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is one of Pen & Sword’s leading authors. He has written well over 30 books including a number of the highly successful Images of War series – he also wrote the recent six part Modern Warfare series for Pen & Sword.

He started his writing career freelancing for the internationally renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Intelligence Review. Subsequently he was recruited by British Defence Intelligence for his expertise. Since then he has forged a career as a fulltime author and writer. He has contributed to numerous aviation, military and naval magazines and made regular media appearances.

In addition he specialises in counter-terrorism and has been the freelance terrorism and security correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security. This highly respected magazine is the principal publication for the UK’s security industry. Further information can be found on his website at www.atuckerjones.com

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