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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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(p.1) Introduction
Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter argues that eliminating the leaders of al-Qaeda and crushing its network in a single locale are insufficient strategies to achieve total victory against global jihad. Though American bullets pinned down Osama bin Laden, global jihad remains a powerful force amassing followers all over the globe, untouched by bullets. The U.S. needs to confront al-Qaeda ideologically with an effective counternarrative, and this requires a full understanding of al-Qaeda's strategic thinking. On that note, the book has three main objectives: to demonstrate that al-Qaeda and its allies have a detailed, and coherent strategy for their goals, to describe that strategy from the perspective of key al-Qaeda strategists, and to suggest some basic principles of an effective counternarrative to al-Qaeda.

Keywords:   al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, global jihad, strategists, counternarrative

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