By Yossef Bodansky
In this authoritative examine the roots of contemporary terrorism, Yossef Bodansky, some of the most respected—and best-informed—experts on radical Islamism on the planet this present day, pinpoints the bothered sector of Chechnya as a perilous and little-understood crucible of terror within the fight among East and West. In his #1 New York Times bestseller, Bin weighted down: the guy Who Declared warfare on America, released ahead of 9-11, 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 conflict on terrorism.
The ultimate years of U.S.-Soviet family members left Chechnya a fertile breeding floor for Islamic terrorism, and long ago decade an uneasy alliance of local Chechen separatists and militant jihadists have joined forces to assist al Qaeda and the better Islamist circulate pursue its battle opposed to the West. As Bodansky issues out, "the Chechens are expert fighters—disciplined and dependable, with a mix of talents, services, and personality that has made them the main sought-after 'force multipliers' within the jihadist movement." Bodansky lines the key background of the 2 Chechen wars, illuminating how the method of "Chechenization" remodeled the struggle from an earthly 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 finds how the Chechen uprising used to be ultimately crippled by means of a schism among the jihadists and the Chechen humans whose nationalist uprising they'd co-opted—an item lesson within the strength vulnerability of Islamist campaigns worldwide.
Drawing on mountains of formerly unseen intelligence from Islamist pursuits and different army and intelligence assets from during the center East and primary Asia, in addition to senior officers in lots of of the affected international locations, Chechen Jihad bargains an intimate and startling portrait of the jihadist stream that's impressive in its element and chilling in its implications—but one who issues to a brand new method ahead within the fight to reply to the demanding situations of overseas Islamist terrorism.