By Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank
Morten typhoon was once an not likely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, typhoon spent his children out and in of difficulty. A publication concerning the Prophet Mohammed brought on his conversion to Islam, and typhoon sought objective in a group of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and have become shut neighbors with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. yet after a decade of Jihadi existence, he not just repudiated extremism yet, in a quest for atonement, turned a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
Agent hurricane takes readers contained in the jihadist global like by no means sooner than, exhibiting the lifestyle of zealous males set on mass homicide, from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders within the Arabian desolate tract to education in extremist gyms in Britain and appearing provide drops in Kenya. The ebook additionally presents a tantalizing examine his risky existence undercover, as typhoon traveled the area for missions focusing on its most deadly terrorists , and into the world’s strongest secret agent organisations: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, in addition to their ruthless use of a pretty blonde in an bold honey catch. Agent hurricane is an enthralling, completely distinctive, real-life espionage story.
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Hamas or Islamic Jihad operatives sent the attackers on their missions believing they would enter eternal Paradise. Terrorist Group Dynamics Unable to study terrorist group dynamics first-hand, social scientists have applied their understanding of small-group behavior to terrorist groups. Some features of terrorist groups, such as pressures toward conformity and consensus, are characteristic of all small groups. For whatever reason individuals assume the role of terrorists, their transformation into terrorists with a political or religious agenda takes places within the structure of the terrorist group.
Membership in a terrorist group, however, is highly selective. Over a period as long as a year or more, a recruit generally moves in a slow, gradual fashion toward full membership in a terrorist group. An individual who drops out of society can just as well become a monk or a hermit instead of a terrorist. For an individual to choose to become a terrorist, he or she would have to be motivated to do so. Having the proper motivation, however, is still not enough. The would-be terrorist would need to have the opportunity to join a terrorist group.
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Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA by Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank