The roots of jihad, from Afghanistan to the banlieues

(K. Brent Tomer),

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Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. By Ali Soufan. W.W. Norton; 384 pages; $27.95.

I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. By Souad Mekhennet. Henry Holt; 354 pages; $30. Virago; £14.99.

CHARLIE HEBDO, Bataclan, Brussels, Nice, Berlin, Manchester and now London. The trail of blood of what Gilles Kepel calls the “third wave” of jihad grows ever longer. The first of Mr Kepel’s waves featured fighters against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then against Arab regimes. The second was led by Osama bin Laden, who turned from the “near enemy” to the “far enemy”, ie, America. The third is made up of loose networks of radical Muslims in the West who murder with little or no control from al-Qaeda or,…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC The roots of jihad, from Afghanistan to the banlieues

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