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Strategy, History, & Goals

Ends, ways, and means. Terrorist organizations are familiar with these concepts and the development of strategy too. Over the course of our history the CTC has studied and released reports and articles about terrorist goals and strategy. Browse the content below to learn more.

Major Reports

The Group That Calls Itself a State: Understanding the Evolution and Challenges of the Islamic State
Usama bin Ladin’s “Father Sheikh”: Yunus Khalis and the Return of al-Qa`ida’s Leadership to Afghanistan
Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right
Beware of Imitators: Al-Qa`ida through the Lens of its Confidential Secretary
Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?
A False Foundation? AQAP, Tribes and Ungoverned Spaces in Yemen
The Haqqani Nexus and the Evolution of al-Qa’ida
Self Inflicted Wounds
The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia
Dysfunction and Decline

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