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The Terrorist Tradecraft Conundrum

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 21, 2014 | 08:20 GMT
The shift in terrorist strategy to encouraging simple attacks using knives and guns

Cecilia Benitez is instructed by Nelson Ricardo (L) on how to react during a hijacking involving a terrorist with a knife November 8, 2001 in Hollywood, FL. The class is part of the International Protective Services Counter-Terrorism class held every Thursday night at their 911 Store and Training Center. The courses teach the students how to survive a terrorism attack and what to do if a plane is hijacked.

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The tactical shift by jihadist organizations to grassroots-level attacks in the West has failed to produce the intended results, partly because operatives often strive for goals beyond their limited capabilities. ...

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