The Al Qaeda Factor

New York Police Department terrorism expert Mitchell D. Silber examines sixteen Al Qaeda associated plots and attacks against the West, from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing through to today, applying a series of questions to determine the involvement of Al Qaeda's core in each.

The Al Qaeda Factor
Plots Against the West

Mitchell D. Silber

2012 | 368 pages | Cloth $47.50
Political Science
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Table of Contents


Part I. Al Qaeda "Command and Control" Plots
1 9/11 (New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 2001)
2 Shoe Bombers' Plot (Paris-Miami, 2001)
3 Operation Overt (United Kingdom-United States, 2006)

Part II. Al Qaeda "Suggested/Endorsed" Plots
4 Millennium Plot (Los Angeles, 1999)
5 Operation Rhyme (London, 2004)
6 Operation Crevice (United Kingdom, 2004)
7 Operation Theseus (London, July 7, 2005)
8 Operation Vivace (London, July 21, 2005)
9 Operation Dagger (Copenhagen, 2007)
10 Operation Highrise (New York, 2009)

Part III. Al Qaeda "Inspired" Plots
11 Tradebom Plot (World Trade Center, New York, 1993)
12 Madrid Train System (March 11, 2004)
13 Hofstad Group Plots (Netherlands, 2004-5)
14 Operation Pendennis (Australia, 2005)
15 Operation Osage (Canada, 2006)
16 The Al Qaeda Non-Plot: The Lackawanna Cluster (2002)

Afterword, by Raymond W. Kelly