Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror

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Al-Qaeda still threatens the West despite the fact that thousands of its fighters have been killed or captured. Attacks continue, even as Usama bin Laden and his top lieutenants hide in distant caves. The terror network’s resiliency lies in the existence of "affiliate groups." Numbering more than two-dozen worldwide, these groups maintain operatives from al-Qaeda’s training camps and battlefields. They are local and autonomous, but fight in the name of al-Qaeda’s global jihad.

Using never-before published material, Arabic language sources, and personal interviews from the Middle East, Schanzer examines affiliates in Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen and Iraq. The author also shares research from a fact-finding mission in Iraq, where he interviewed al-Qaeda fighters and one of Saddam Hussein’s former intelligence officers.

Fighting affiliate groups will likely be the next challenge in the war on terror. Schanzer provides a field guide to al-Qaeda’s Middle East armies and explores what it will take to successfully combat them.

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Jonathan Schanzer is a Soref fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Foremerly a research fellow at the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, Mr. Schanzer has appeared on CNN, CBS, CNBS, and is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel and al-Jazeera.

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"Jonathan Schanzer provides clear-headed, balanced analysis. . . Anyone interested in this subject will benefit from what he has to say." -- Mark Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University

"The definitive guide to fight the next phase in the war against terrorism." -- Ron Gunaratna, author INSIDE AL QAEDA: GLOBAL NETWORK OF TERROR

"This is one of the best accounts written of the al Qaeda network. . ." -- Vince Cannistraro, former CIA chief of Counterterrorism Operations and Analysis

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