Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism by Daniel Byman

By Daniel Byman

Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate publication is the 1st to check nations that help terrorist teams. Focusing totally on sponsors from the center East and South Asia, it examines the different sorts of aid that states offer, their motivations, and the impression of such sponsorship. The booklet additionally considers regimes that permit terrorists to elevate cash and recruit with no supplying energetic help. The stories of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Libya are designated the following, along the histories of radical teams akin to al-Qaida, Hizbullah and Hamas.

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0, this section draws in part on a RAND study on which I was a co-author. , Trends in Outside Support for Insurgent Movements. The study examined outside support for insurgent movements. ’’ My thanks to my co-authors, Peter Chalk, Bruce Hoffman, William Rosenau, and David Brannan for their insights, which have shaped my thinking of this question. Why do states support terrorism? Weaken and destabilize a neighbor One of the most common reasons to support a terrorist group is to destabilize a neighbor.

24 Why do states support terrorism? group. For example, groups organized into irregular military units are more likely to pursue guerrilla war, while those with cell structures are probably intending to use terrorism. However, some organizations incorporate different structures. The Lebanese Hizballah, for example, has divided its organization into a component that wages guerrilla war and another that carries out terrorist attacks. It is particularly important to recognize that atrocities that are part of a guerrilla struggle are not necessarily terrorism.

Kin Aid Domestic Politics Total Instances Total Leading (‘‘1’’) Motivations PFLP, 1970s PLF, PSF) Islamist Palestinians HAMAS (HAMAS, PIJ) 1991; PIJ 1989 PKK 1980 Hizballah 1983 (PFLP-GC, DFLP, 7 5 19 15 present 1 1998 1 present 1 present 1 1 3 2 7 1 3 18 2 2 2 14 18 2 3 20 1 3 1 1 4 Deadly Connections Tehran saw as vital strategic interests. 8 As the table makes clear, there is no single, overarching reason that states support terrorist groups. For different states, there is a different strategic, ideological, and domestic mix.

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