Magazine article New Internationalist

The New Threat: From Islamic Militancy

Magazine article New Internationalist

The New Threat: From Islamic Militancy

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The New Threat: From Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke (Vintage/Bodley Head, ISBN 9781847923479)

Guardian correspondent Jason Burke has written a remarkably thorough primer on Islamist violence. The sweep of The New Threat takes us from the assassination of Egypt's President Sadat in 1981 to the rise of Islamic State, via al-Qaeda, two Gulf wars and a grisly catalogue of terrorist massacres.

Al-Qaeda's capacity to carry out 9/11-style atrocities is today significantly diminished, and yet the threat persists. The bogey du moment is not the sophisticated global network but the precocious selfstarter: Merah, Adebolajo and Adebowale, the brothers Tsarnaev and Kouachi, et al. Burke takes issue with the 'lone wolf' designation beloved of security discourse and tabloid caricature. These perpetrators were ideologically sustained by social units - families, peer groups, online communities. …

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