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ISLAMIST TERRORISM, TERROR & IRAQ:
A BRIEFING BY SHIMSHON ISSAKI
Summary Account by Dr. David J. Rusin

AL-QA'IDA & THE GLOBAL ISLAMIST JIHAD:  THE GLOBAL TERROR WAR THAT AL-QA'IDA HAS BEEN WAGING DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES -- AL-QA'IDA'S LONGTERM WAR AIMS -- PROBLEMS THAT THE ISLAMIST TERROR NETWORKS ARE CREATING FOR AMERICA & THE WEST IN THE MIDDLE EAST & SOUTH CENTRAL ASIA -- BARRIERS HINDERING U.S. INTELLIGENCE WORK IN THE FOURTH WORLD WAR -- OBSTACLES TO U.S.-ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION
FULL STORY:   Shimshon Issaki is a leading expert on Islamic terrorism. He served for 44 years in the Israeli Defense Forces and other Israeli security agencies as an intelligence analyst and operations officer, retiring with a rank equivalent to brigadier general. His new book, Terror and Iraq: How We Can Better Combat Islamic Terrorism, evaluates al-Qai'da's strategies and tactics. On April 30, 2009, Mr. Issaki addressed the Middle East Forum via conference call.

Shimshon Issaki opened with a holistic overview of al-Qai'da, from its roots in the battle against the Soviets in Afghanistan to its far-reaching terrorist activities during the past two decades.

According to Mr. Issaki, al-Qai'da opposes Christians, Jews, and even other Muslims who do not subscribe to Osama bin Laden's Wahhabi ideology; it seeks to attack and "overthrow all regimes that are non-Muslim," or that adhere to an unacceptable brand of Islam. Its preferred instrument is terrorism.

Mr. Issaki claimed that 9/11 could have been averted "if things had been done in the right way," but he sees similar barriers hindering intelligence work seven years later. In particular, he stated that U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama's release of documents on enhanced interrogation techniques has done "irreversible damage to security because [terrorists] are learning how to behave" during questioning.

Asked whether American-Israeli intelligence cooperation has changed since President Obama took office, Issaki reported that it remains "very good," since "the interests [of the U.S.A. and Israel] are the same interests, the targets are the same targets, and the experience is the same experience."

However, he noted that significant differences of opinion between the United States and Israel have emerged over Iran, Hamas, and other strategic issues. Mr. Issaki said that the Obama administration may be "correct to explore all the possibilities. But where is the time limit? For how long?" He lamented that nothing has been done to deal with Iran since the U.S. presidential election of 2008.

Finally, Mr. Issaki warned that al-Qai'da's demise in Iraq has been greatly exaggerated. Recent events show that the organization still is capable of generating chaos there, to the undisputed benefit of Iran.


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq
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The Problem of Rogue States:
Iraq as a Case History

National Strategy for Victory in Iraq

Israel & the Arabs -- The Israeli-Arab Conflict

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Dr. David J. Rusin is a Philadelphia-based editor for Pajamas Media and a research associate at Islamist Watch and the Middle East Forum. Dr. Rusin holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The foregoing summary account by Dr. Rusin can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (Article URL: http://www.meforum.org/article/2136/ islamist-terrorism-terror-and-iraq)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
May 14, 2009




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