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

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CHAPTER 13TERRORIST OPERATIONS AND TACTICSHow Attacks Are Planned and Executed

… the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing, and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine-gun.

“Military Studies in the Jihad against the Tyrants” (the al-Qaida manual)

CHAPTER OVERVIEW

Ideologies of terrorist groups vary greatly, but their tactics and weapons are often similar. This chapter outlines common ways terrorists organize and conduct their operations. Though the range of potential terrorist activities is vast, typical organizational principles are often used to prepare and conduct operations, whether targeting government buildings with plastic explosives or computer systems with cyberattacks. Understanding these basic principles, ...

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