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This is your guide to finding the written and oral statements of terrorists in books, articles and websites. 

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Al Qaeda in its own words - Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli
Call Number: HV6431 .A4613 2008
ISBN: 067402804X
Publication Date: 2008
To reveal the inner workings of Al Qaeda, Gilles Kepel and his collaborators, all scholars of Arabic and Islam, have collected and brilliantly annotated key texts of the major figures from whom the movement has drawn its beliefs and direction.

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Inside terrorism - Bruce Hoffman
Call Number: HV6431 .H626 1998b
ISBN: 0231114699
Publication Date: 1998
Hoffman dissects terrorism past and present, charting its evolution and predicting where it might be headed in the next century.

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Inside Al Qaeda : global network of terror - Rohan Gunaratna
Call Number: HV6431 .G853 2002
ISBN: 0231126921
Publication Date: 2002
The definitive work on Al Qaeda, this book is based on five years of research, including extensive interviews with its members; field research in Al Qaeda-supported conflict zones in Central, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East; and monitoring Al Qaeda infiltration of diaspora and migrant communities in North America and Europe.

In the name of God: holy word, holy war - 3BM Television
Publication Date: 2002
By detailing key incidents ranging from the Dawson’s Field hijackings to the Luxor massacre, this program charts the ever-widening holy war that is pitting Islamists against Zionists and the Arab world against the West. The Kach Party’s Noam Federman; Bassam abu Sharif, founder of the Palestine Democratic Party; Abdel Aziz Rantisi and Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, operational and spiritual leaders of Hamas; Sheikh Jamal Khatab and Sheikh Fadlallah, spiritual leaders of Lebanese al Qaeda and Hezbollah; former Jewish Underground leader Yehuda Etzion; and former PFLP hijacker Leila Khaled are featured, as are former prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Conor Gearty, expert in human rights law.

Suicide bombers inside the minds of failed martyrs - WNET
Call Number: To access, click on link in catalog record.
Publication Date: 2004
In a series of powerful and revealing interviews from inside Israeli prisons, this Wide Angle documentary examines the motives of Palestinian suicide bombers. A recruiter, a bomb builder, and three failed suicide bombers captured by Israeli security forces speak openly of their training, motivation, operational methodology, and profound belief in the idea of entering paradise as a shahid-a martyr for Islam. They discuss their hatred of Jews and Israel, their determination to die, and the personal motivations that have influenced them-including a failed love, a sense of personal revenge, the frustration of living under Israeli occupation, and envy for the prosperous Israeli lifestyle.


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Reign of Terror: interview with Shamil Basayev

On July 28, 2005, ABC News sparked international controversy by broadcasting an interview with Shamil Basayev-the Chechen rebel leader some called Russia’s Osama bin Laden.

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