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Disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately defeating al-Qaeda based and inspired terrorism is a declared policy of the U.S. Government. Three key strategic objectives have been identified for accomplishing this: attacking al-Qaeda’s terror network, undermining radicalization and recruitment, and hardening homeland defense. The present monograph proposes a distinct "jihad-realist" approach for undermining radicalization and recruitment to al-Qaeda. First, a brief discussion of six means for ending terrorist organizations is provided. Second, the premises of a jihad-realist approach are described. Third, a jihad-realist shari’a case against al-Qaeda’s terrorism is presented. In conclusion, key assertions are summarized, and several specific policy recommendations offered for national security personnel charged with formulating and executing counterterrorist messaging strategy.
This publication is subject to Title 17, United States Code, Sections 101 and 105. It is in the public domain and may not be copyrighted. This document was originally published by the Strategic Studies Institute.
Kamolnick, Paul. (Author). 2012. Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad-Realist Approach. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. ISBN: 9781584875222 https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1099