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Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida Since 9/11 Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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A chronological, historical walk-through of successive waves of al-Qaeda terrorism from 1998 to the present . The author ably organizes all the pieces of the puzzle regarding successive terrorist attacks, fleshing out the numerous personalities involved, and establishing excellent perspective on the amorphous nature of the enemy and the dissention from within. From a knowledgeable guide, a thoughtful study of the pattern of violence and response. "
Seth Jones has produced a masterpiece, pulling together a fragmented and little-known sequence of events into a coherent, and highly readable account. His wave and counter-wave framework helps make sense of complex patterns, and his analysis is likely to stand the test of time. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in current events or in the future of conflict. --David Kilcullen, author of The Accidental Guerilla"
Seth Jones was called to the war zones by commanders of special operations forces to advise them on the nuances of the places, people and events of high importance in our pursuit of terrorists. Hunting in the Shadows is a clear and engaging account that draws on Seth s long experience in the region - a truly valuable work by a uniquely knowledgeable and talented writer. --Admiral Eric T. Olson, U.S. Navy (Ret), Former Commander of United States Special Operations Command"
Hunting in the Shadows is a well-documented and perceptive look into the shadowy world of Al-Qaeda since 9/11, and a clear-headed assessment of how effective the War on Terror has been in containing it. This book is an important contribution to public debate on America's security and how best achieve it in a changing Muslim world. --Vali Nasr, Author of The Rise of Islamic Capitalism: Why the New Muslim Middle Class is the Key to Defeating Extremism"
Seth Jones is a gifted writer and scholar. His research, attention to detail and narrative skills make Hunting in the Shadows essential reading. At a time of public uncertainty about where the war against Al Qaeda is going, here is a reliable, compelling map, rich with new information. --Steve Coll, Author of The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001"
The best researched study of al Qaeda s plots, both successful and foiled, to attack America and its allies since 911. A critical account essential to understanding how the threat is evolving. --Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and senior advisor to three U.S. presidents on the Middle East and South Asia (also senior fellow at the Brookings Institution)"
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One thing readers can appreciate is the lack of partisanism. Dr. Jones writes objectively; pointing out the various policy flaws and failures of Washington as well as the strengths of those pursuing al Qaeda. We are good at hunting and responding but it appears prevention and identifying plots and plotters is still weak. One thing is clear: we got lucky on several occasions that al Qaeda trained bombers such as the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, the Christmas day underwear bomber,and the NYC Times Square car bomb attempt were pretty amateurish.
Dr. Jones, a RAND employee, also offers suggestions that policy makers would be wise to heed. The reduction of conventional combat forces in Iraq is starting to pay off while the use of clandestine CIA and law enforcement assets and special operations to systematically pick off al Qaeda one by one, thus leaving a small foot print, is proving to be more successful.
The author believes, and I agree in hindsight, that the Iraq invention helped al Qaeda in the short run by giving excused to would be terrorist recruits to defend what they perceive as an infidel incursion into Muslim lands and diverting critical assets away from the central al Qaeda threat based in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the long run I believe the Iraq invasion will prove worthy despite the lack of prudence at the time of the invasion in March 2003.
Anybody interested in a concise look at where al Qaeda now stands and how we've done fighting against them would really enjoy and appreciate this book. Highly recommended.