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    • June 2013
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German Jihad

On the Internationalization of Islamist Terrorism

Guido W. Steinberg

Since 2007, the German jihadist scene has become Europe's most dynamic, characterized by an extreme anti-Americanism, impressive international networks, and spectacularly effective propaganda. German jihadists travel to Turkey, Chechnya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, trading jihadist ideologies and allying themselves with virulent organizations. Mapping the complicated interplay between jihadists' personal motivations and the goals and strategies of the world's major terrorist groups, Guido W. Steinberg provides the first analysis of German jihadism, its links to Turkey, and its growing, global operational importance.

Steinberg follows the formation of German-born militant networks in German cities and their radicalization and recruitment. He describes how these groups join al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, such as the Islamic Jihad Union, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and the Taliban, and he plots the path that directly involves them in terrorist activities. Situating these developments within a wider global context, Steinberg interprets the expanding German scene as part of a greater internationalization of jihadist ideology and strategy, swelling the movement's membership since 9/11. Increasing numbers of Pakistanis, Afghans, Turks, Kurds, and European converts are coming to the aid of Arab al-Qaeda, an incremental integration that has worrisome implications for the national security of Germany, the United States, and their allies.

About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

"This is an important and excellent book that fills a massive gap in the literature on al-Qaeda and the jihadist movement." — Peter Neumman, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, King's College

"An impressive piece of research." — Samaya Borom, LSE Review of Books

"This is an important analysis of the sources of the terrorist threat to the West." — Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs

"One of the best books written on the German connection to the global jihadist movement." — CHOICE

"No one knows more intimately than Guido W. Steinberg the history and structure of radical Islam in Europe and the threat that it poses -- not just to the West, but to Islam itself." — Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Lone-Wolf Attacks and the Europlot
1. Unlikely Internationalists: Putting German Jihadism into Perspective
2. Two Hamburg Cells: A History of Jihadist Terrorism in Germany
3. "A Second 9/11": The Sauerland Plot
4. The Islamic Jihad Union
5. The Turkish Dimension
6. "Leaving Kuffaristan": Radicalization and Recruitment in Germany
7. The German Taliban Mujahideen
8. "The Worst Enemy of Islam": The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Against Germany
9. Germans in the Taliban Stalingrad: Fighting the Kunduz Insurgency
10. "This Is the Last Year America": Threats and Prospects
Notes
Index

About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

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About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

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About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

About the Author

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.