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Improving Homeland Security Decisions by Detlof von Winterfeldt, Milind Tambe, Ali E. Abbas

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16 Identifying, Structuring, and Comparing the Objectives of Al Qaeda and ISIL

Johannes Siebert and Greg Keeney

16.1 It Is Important to Understand Terrorist Objectives

Islamic terrorist groups have dominated the world stage for more than a decade as one of the most severe threats to Western society. They kill, maim, and instill fear into large numbers of individuals, destroy infrastructure and culture heritage, and cause long-term economic and political damage to the nations in which they operate in order to pursue their political, military, and religious objectives. Waugh (1983) argued that the importance of assessing the goals and value priorities, as well as the capabilities and strengths of commitment, of challenging terrorist organizations, ...

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