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Al-Qa'ida's Doctrine for Insurgency: Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin's "A Practical Course for Guerrilla War" Paperback – December 1, 2008
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The first section, the background and analysis is an excellent job of examining Al-Muqrin's text. Each section is carefully examined and discussed. Cultural values and assumptions that are not common American ones are given special emphasis to highlight the differences in world view and thinking between AQ and the U.S. Attention is also paid to influences on AQ doctrine and where the AQ doctrine deviates from traditional European (and Asian) models of insurgency and military thought.
The second section is the actual text. This text was distributed freely in the internet, and actively sought recommendations from its audience. The theoretical material has a distinctly Arab spin to it, with both religious and cultural influences present. Al-Muqrin's taxinomy of wars (Conventional, total, unconventional, and cold) is (as much as I despise admitting it) worthy of serious academic consideration. The tactical aspects are interesting for their departures from older and Western guerrilla texts.Read more ›
The second author is Norman Cigar who translated the work and provides an analysis. Cigar is one of the leading Al-Qa'ida analysts in the West and this analysis is important as it shows that Al-Qa'ida is moving towards a tactically proficient organisation with clear goals and strategy to achieve those goals. It is not an easy read and it would have been better if Cigar's analyses had been placed after al-Muqrin's work but despite that it is worth reading to get an idea of just how difficult it will be to defeat Al-Qa'ida in the long term.
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Great insight into the mindset of evil. A little difficult to read but worth the attempt.Published 16 months ago by Randy S.
It is not a bunch of brainless or savages. They have an ideology and a rational. Get to know it.Published 22 months ago by joan arnan