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Hunting in the shadows : the pursuit of al qa'ida since 9/11
Jones, Seth G., 1972-
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New York : W. W. Norton, 2013.
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viii, 534 pages : illustrations, maps, plates ; 21 cm
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This landmark history chronicles the dramatic, decade-long war against al Qa'ida and provides a model for understanding the ebb and flow of terrorist activity. Tracing intricately orchestrated terrorist plots and the elaborate, multiyear investigations to disrupt them, Seth G. Jones identifies three distinct "waves" of al Qa'ida violence. As Jonathan Mahler wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "studying these waves and the counterwaves that repelled them can tell us a lot about what works and what doesn't when it comes to fighting terrorism." The result is a sweeping, insider's account of what the war has been and what it might become.

Author Notes

Seth G. Jones has served as a senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command and is currently associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Chartsp. vii
Chapter 1 A Model Investigationp. 1
Part I The First Wave
Chapter 2 The Origins of Dissentp. 29
Chapter 3 Hunting in the Hindu Kushp. 53
Chapter 4 Al Qa'ida in Pakistanp. 79
Chapter 5 Coming to Americap. 108
Part II The Second Wave
Chapter 6 Al Qa'ida in Iraqp. 141
Chapter 7 The Madrid Attacksp. 161
Chapter 8 The London Attacksp. 185
Chapter 9 Resurgence in Pakistanp. 214
Chapter 10 The Tide Turns in Iraqp. 239
Chapter 11 Revolt from Withinp. 261
Part III The Third Wave
Chapter 12 Leaderless Jihad?p. 287
Chapter 13 Al Qa'ida Strikes Backp. 311
Chapter 14 The Rise of Yemenp. 336
Chapter 15 A Different Breedp. 368
Chapter 16 A Near Missp. 392
Chapter 17 We Got Himp. 414
Part IV The Fourth Wave?
Chapter 18 Preventionp. 433
Acknowledgmentsp. 445
Notesp. 449
Indexp. 511