Suicide as a Weapon

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Editor
Centre of Excellence - Defence Against Terrorism, Ankara, Turkey,
Pub. date
October 2007
Pages
200
Binding
hardcover
Volume
30 of NATO Science for Peace and Security Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics
ISBN print
978-1-58603-795-6
ISBN online
978-1-60750-282-1
Subject
Social Sciences
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The topic of suicide terrorism takes us right to the heart of the dilemmas of the 21st century. This type of attack has become the weapon of choice of ‘globalized terror’. The scene is set by a historical review of suicide attacks in the first chapter. This wide-ranging analysis divides the phenomenon into three main headings: individual and psychological factors, the organization and its contribution, and the environments in which the terror is nurtured. Other topics covered include: what is new about terrorism, the mindset of the PLL terror organization, reactions of security forces, recruiting and training suicide bombers, the high profile of women suicide bombers, the focus area Iraq, the impact of suicide attacks on US public opinion, the London bombings, the international character of suicide attacks, how the police and/or private security personnel can provide on-site security against suicide terrorism and the financing of terrorism.