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Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida : profile of a terrorist network
Alexander, Yonah.
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Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, [2001]

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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The al-Qaida informal and loose international network in over 50 countries has been responsible for spectacular terrorist operations such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, and is apparently linked to the attack of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, in 2000 and the September 11th, 2001 events in New York City and Washington, DC.
The purpose of this book is not to glorify bin Laden and al-Qaida. Rather, it is designed to provide an easily accessible reference for academics, policymakers, reporters and other interested individuals on one of the most notorious terrorist groups. The volume exposes much of al-Qaida's mystique and thereby places it in perspective as one of the many challenges facing the international community in the 21st Century.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.

Author Notes

Yonah Alexander is Professor and Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies; Senior Fellow and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; and Co-Director, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, International Law Institute.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. v
Prefacep. vii
Usama Bin Laden's al-Qaida, Profile of a Terrorist Networkp. 1
Brief Historyp. 1
Ideology and Objectivesp. 2
Organizational Structurep. 3
Leadershipp. 3
Membersp. 10
Associatesp. 20
Financial Sources of Supportp. 29
Groups Affiliated with al-Qaidap. 30
Areas of Operationp. 31
Headquartersp. 32
Tactics and Capabilitiesp. 32
Targets and Attacksp. 33
Arrests of al-Qaida Members and Associatesp. 34
al-Qaida Timelinep. 37
Selected Sources and Bibliographyp. 53
Appendicesp. 61
1. Statements and Declarations made by Usama bin Laden
2. Interviews with Usama bin Laden
3. United States Indictments
4. New York Trial Testimony
5. United States Perspectives: Selected Documents
6. United Nations Resolutions