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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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An Action Plan for Savagery

An Action Plan for Savagery

(p.147) Four An Action Plan for Savagery
Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the content and implications of Abu Bakr Naji's book, The Administration of Savagery—a concise account of al-Qaeda's regional insurgency in U.S. and its surrounding allies. The book expounds on the strategic political-military context of al-Muqrin's description of al-Qaeda's military doctrine, and examines al-Qaeda's jihad in Saudi Arabia or even the Arabian Peninsula as the top leadership's strategic guide to insurgency. It contains instructions on how al-Qaeda could defeat the U.S. by using a global strategy based on regional jihad, and details the most important rules and policies to facilitate an action plan for regional and administrative aggravation. Naji's book was used by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as a training tool for jihad within its cells both in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen.

Keywords:   Abu Bakr Naji, al-Qaeda, regional insurgency, The Administration of Savagery, jihad

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