The World’s Most Threatening Terrorist Networks and Criminal by Michael T. Kindt, Jerrold M. Post, Barry R. Schneider

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Hudson, 185–186. 41. Laqueur, 92. 42. Stern, 53. 43. See Bruce Hoffman, “Holy Terror: The Implications of Terrorism Motivated by a Religious Imperative,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 18 (October–December 1995), 271–284. David Rapoport portrays religiously-motivated, contemporary terrorism as the “fourth wave” in the evolution of terrorist violence. The first three waves were linked to the breakup of empires, the decolonization process, and anti-Westernism. “The Fourth Wave: September 11 and the History of Terrorism,” Current History, December 2001, 419–424.

0, since the patterns are likely to differ somewhat. 0 categories could be considerable. In reviewing these attacks, the first question that occurs is why did the attack take place? What were the motivations of the decision makers? And, do we know who they were? It is assumed in this report that the most important decision maker in at least approving attack operations is Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden. Likely the second most important is Al Qaeda’s number two leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri. 0 leaders approve to plan the specifics of the operation.

0 community share some common traits. For example, these recruits mostly come from middle or upper class families, are well educated, particularly in the sciences and professions, and in their mid-twenties when they joined. Most are family men with children who have little or no criminal behavior in their previous backgrounds. 0 recruits are emotionally unstable, or were religious zealots prior to recruitment. Al Qaeda’s Modus Operandi 35 Most did not attend primarily religious schools. Indeed, most joined when asked by a friend or relative and tended to join when they were abroad in the West outside the borders of their native countries.

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