Islamic Terror Abductions in the Middle East
This book investigates abductions, hostage taking, beheadings, and global jihad influences in four theatres in the Middle East over the last 25 years (1980-2005): Israel (as a part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq. It includes discussion of the William Buckley, William Higgins and "Irangate” abductions. The "Nachshon Waxman” affair - the Israeli soldier abducted and murdered by HAMAS in 1994 - is presented as a case study in understanding the four major phases of an abduction - preparation and planning; carrying out the abduction; negotiations; and the rescue attempt. ... Terrorist organizations use abduction as a tool for promotion of their and their patrons’ interests. Examination of Middle East abductions, and the relations/correlations between Islamic terrorist organizations and Iran, demonstrates Iran’s role as a terror supporting state, and the promotion of Iranian interests by its terrorist surrogates. ...The research examines the challenge posed by terrorist organizations for countries whose citizens have been abducted and the answers to that challenge, and provides theoretical classifications of the terror phenomenon in general and abductions/ beheadings in particular.
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