Al Qaeda and Fourth Generation Warfare as Its Strategy   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Usama bin Laden and AI Qaeda have been waging war against the United States and the West for years. AI Qaeda is characterized as a terrorist organization, based upon the early tactics it used, primarily bombings against U.S. interests overseas. However, since the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban government and evict AI Qaeda, there has been more attention given to AI Qaeda and its adoption of a strategy against the U.S. and West. A senior member of AI Qaeda has professed that they have adopted Fourth Generation Warfare and are using its theory as a model for their global insurgency. This paper seeks to identify whether AI Qaedais actually following the elements of Fourth Generation Warfare and what the U.S. might do to counter AI Qaeda's strategy."

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