By Yossef Bodansky
In this authoritative examine the roots of contemporary terrorism, Yossef Bodansky, the most respected—and best-informed—experts on radical Islamism on the earth this present day, pinpoints the bothered area of Chechnya as a perilous and little-understood crucible of terror within the fight among East and West. In his no 1 New York Times bestseller, Bin encumbered: the fellow Who Declared struggle on America, released ahead of Sept. 11, Bodansky used to be one of the first to introduce American readers to Osama bin encumbered. Now in Chechen Jihad he returns to alert American readers to the teachings to be drawn from the fear crusade in Chechnya—and its ramifications for the worldwide warfare on terrorism.
The ultimate years of U.S.-Soviet relatives left Chechnya a fertile breeding floor for Islamic terrorism, and some time past decade an uneasy alliance of local Chechen separatists and militant jihadists have joined forces to aid al Qaeda and the higher Islamist move pursue its battle opposed to the West. As Bodansky issues out, "the Chechens are expert fighters—disciplined and liable, with a mix of talents, services, and personality that has made them the main sought-after 'force multipliers' within the jihadist movement." Bodansky strains the key background of the 2 Chechen wars, illuminating how the method of "Chechenization" reworked the struggle from a mundane nationalist fight right into a jihadist holy struggle opposed to Russia and the secular West. And, within the such a lot instructive message for Western audiences, he unearths how the Chechen uprising used to be ultimately crippled by way of a schism among the jihadists and the Chechen humans whose nationalist uprising they'd co-opted—an item lesson within the capability vulnerability of Islamist campaigns around the globe.
Drawing on mountains of formerly unseen intelligence from Islamist events and different army and intelligence resources from during the center East and principal Asia, in addition to senior officers in lots of of the affected international locations, Chechen Jihad deals an intimate and startling portrait of the jihadist circulate that's excellent in its aspect and chilling in its implications—but one who issues to a brand new approach ahead within the fight to respond to the demanding situations of foreign Islamist terrorism.