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Author Bale, Jeffrey M

Title Jihadist cells and "IED" capabilities in Europe : assessing the present and future threat to the West / Jeffrey M. Bale
Published Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 160 pages)
Series Strategic Studies Institute monograph
SSI monograph
Contents Background -- Introduction. Definition and conceptual problems with the term "improvised explosive device" -- Under what circumstances do nonstate groups employ IEDs? -- Preliminary thoughts on IED diffusion : how are IED know-how and technology spread? -- Individual and organizational learning about IEDs -- Jihadist cells in Europe and IED expertise. Preliminary matters -- The 3/11 Madrid train bombings -- The July 2006 German train bombings -- Conclusion
Summary The first of two interrelated security threats is multifaceted inasmuch as it stems from a complex combination of religious, political, historical, cultural, social, and economic motivational factors caused by the growing predilection for carrying out mass casualty terrorist attacks inside the territories of "infidel" Western countries by clandestine operational cells that are inspired by, and sometimes linked to, various jihadist networks with a global agenda. The second threat is more narrowly technical: the widespread fabrication of increasingly sophisticated and destructive improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by those very same jihadist groups. These devices, if properly constructed, are capable of causing extensive human casualties and significant amounts of physical destruction within their respective blast radiuses. These dual intersecting threats within the recent European context are examined in an effort to assess what they might portend for the future, including within the U.S. homeland
Notes "November 2012."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-160)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed November 14, 2012)
Subject Improvised explosive devices -- Europe
Security, International -- Europe
Security, International -- Western countries
Terrorists -- Europe
Improvised explosive devices.
Internationell säkerhet.
Jihad (heligt krig)
Security, International.
international relations -- security.
terrorism -- islam -- fundamentalism -- threat perception -- bombs -- Europe.
Western countries.
Form Electronic book
Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute
Other Titles Jihadist cells and improvised explosive device capabilities in Europe