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Homeland Security: A Complete Guide 2/E, 2nd Edition by James Carafano, Mark Sauter

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CHAPTER 10THE MIND OF THE TERRORISTWhy They Hate

“… I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad (holy war) against America is binding upon myself, just as it is binding on every other able Muslim.”

Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaida Cleric, Terrorist and Propagandist, March, 2010

CHAPTER OVERVIEW

For many people, terrorism is easier to recognize than define, yet its definition carries crucial policy implications. More important is understanding the groups and individuals who carry out terrorism. Determining what groups choose terrorism and why, as well as the factors that cause individuals to become terrorists, makes it easier to devise and execute strategies to reduce the threat. This chapter reviews the various definitions of terrorism and considers ...

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