GWOT Roundup: 08.20.07

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Senior NYPD Intelligence Officials Release Report on Domestic Terrorism

Report says so-called “homegrown” terrorist cells are as dangerous to America’s safety as international groups such as Al Qaeda. You can read the report here.


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Taliban Publishes First Military Field Manual: Military Teachings-for the Preparation of Mujahideen

The guide, which is similar in its aims to the British and American military field manuals, was obtained by the Daily Telegraph from a source in Pakistan who claimed to be close to the Taliban.

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Hamas Charity Drops Suit Against Terrorism Analyst, Yale University Press and WINEP

Kinder USA, a children’s charity with links to Hamas, has dropped its suit against Matthew Levitt over a passage in his text, Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006). The suit also named Yale University Press and Mr. Levitt’s employer, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

From the book’s website at Yale University Press:

Click here to listen to an interview with Matthew Levitt on the Yale Press Podcast.

Listen to a podcast lecture from Levitt — recently held at the Chatham House, London, UK (a joint BICOM and Chatham House event).

How does a group that operates terror cells and espouses violence become a ruling political party? How is the world to understand and respond to Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that Palestinian voters brought to power in the stunning election of January 2006?

This important book provides the most fully researched assessment of Hamas ever written. Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism expert with extensive field experience in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, draws aside the veil of legitimacy behind which Hamas hides. He presents concrete, detailed evidence from an extensive array of international intelligence materials, including recently declassified CIA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security reports.

Levitt demolishes the notion that Hamas’ military, political, and social wings are distinct from one another and catalogues the alarming extent to which the organization’s political and social welfare leaders support terror. He exposes Hamas as a unitary organization committed to a militant Islamist ideology, urges the international community to take heed, and offers well-considered ideas for countering the significant threat Hamas poses.

This text was added to The New Centrist’s Reading List (August 19, 2007).

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