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Decoding Al-Qaeda's StrategyThe Deep Battle Against America$
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Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163842

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.001.0001

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Jihad as Revolution

Jihad as Revolution

(p.83) Three Jihad as Revolution
Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses al-Qaeda's chief strategists: Abu Ubayd al-Qurashi and Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin. Al-Qurashi, an advisor to Bin Laden, wrote a number of articles in military strategy in the online magazine Al-Ansar (2002–2003). He aimed to prove to other jihadists and potential recruits that al-Qaeda could defeat the U.S. To overcome the belief that a military victory over the United States was a highly improbable outcome, he emphasized real or imagined shortcomings of American power and prowess. In conjunction with al-Qurashi's efforts, al-Muqrin wrote the Practical Course for Guerrilla War, a concise account of al-Qaeda's tactics and strategy, specifically used to train the organization's members and recruits.

Keywords:   al-Qaeda, Abu Ubayd al-Qurashi, Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin, Practical Course for Guerrilla War, strategy

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