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Thomas Hegghammer

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Thomas Hegghammer is a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at Harvard, Princeton, New York and Stanford universities
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From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists
Human Resources of Non-State Armed Groups (Causes and Consequences of Terrorism)
Vera Mironova - Jun 17, 2019
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At the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, thousands of pro-democracy rebel groups spontaneously formed to fight the Assad regime. Years later, the revolution was unrecognizable as rebel opposition forces had merged into three major groups: Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al Sham, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Why did these three groups ...
Thomas Hegghammer
Sep 24, 2019
This book by @vera_mironov on personnel management in Syrian rebel groups is terrific; here is rigorous social science combined with incredible fieldwork. And it looks great against the background of a Hezbollah flag!      source
Architect of Global Jihad
The Life of Al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri
Brynjar Lia - Sep 01, 2009
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With more than 35 years experience of jihadist activism, Abu Mus'ab al-Suri remains the foremost theoretician in the global jihadist movement today, despite his capture in Pakistan in late 2005. This book includes a translation of two key chapters from al-Suri's seminal work The Global Islamic Resistance Call....
Thomas Hegghammer
Nov 17, 2017
Re-reading this. What a great book.      source
Ghost Wars
The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Steve Coll - Dec 28, 2004
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The news-breaking book that has sent shockwaves through the Bush White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeda's evolution. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified governme...
Thomas Hegghammer
Dec 01, 2016
Rereading @SteveCollNY Ghost Wars carefully, I'm even more impressed than 1st time. Mindblowing work. Probably the best of all 9/11 books      source
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