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By Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank

Morten hurricane used to be an not likely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, hurricane spent his youngsters out and in of hassle. A booklet concerning the Prophet Mohammed caused his conversion to Islam, and typhoon sought function in a neighborhood of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and have become shut neighbors with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. yet after a decade of Jihadi existence, he not just repudiated extremism yet, in a quest for atonement, turned a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

Agent typhoon takes readers contained in the jihadist global like by no means sooner than, displaying the way of life of zealous males set on mass homicide, from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders within the Arabian desolate tract to education in extremist gyms in Britain and acting offer drops in Kenya. The booklet additionally presents a tantalizing examine his harmful existence undercover, as hurricane traveled the area for missions focusing on its most threatening terrorists , and into the world’s strongest secret agent enterprises: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, in addition to their ruthless use of a pretty blonde in an bold honey seize. Agent hurricane is a charming, completely exact, real-life espionage story.

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Then weapons that have come to be termed weapons of mass destruction will be considered. The possibility that terrorist organizations would gain access to such weapons and use them to inflict mass casualties has been of increasing concern in recent years. Conventional weapons Most weapons used by dissident organizations are designed to inflict casualties or disruption on a small scale. Terrorist groups normally have little difficulty acquiring personal weapons. A terrorist could attempt to kill a chosen target with a pistol or knife.

What is probably more important than the sheer number of terrorist attacks that occurs is how deadly they are. Not only did the number of attacks from the 1970s to the 1980s increase, they also became much more lethal. Terrorism has become progressively more violent and more extreme (Chalk 1999: 164). The increase in the numbers of dead and injured was much greater than the increase in the number of incidents (Stern 1993: 393–4). The same finding was true for international incidents of terrorism in the 1980s and 1990s.

This may make it easier for the terrorists to escape detection (Tucker 2000a: 264), but such slow acting weapons also do not generate the media attention that terrorists often desire. The greatest difficulty with a biological weapon is that it can quickly get beyond the control of the dissident group that used it, and the dissidents could then become victims as well. Handling such weapons is also dangerous, and the terrorists could become victims before the rest of the population if there was an accident or if isolation mechanisms were ineffective.

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