Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11
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Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11

Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith

Almost two decades after the events of 9/11, this Handbook offers a comprehensive insight into the evolution and development of terrorism and insurgency since then. Gathering contributions from a broad range of perspectives, it both identifies new technological developments in terrorism and insurgency, and addresses the distinct state responses to the threat of political, or religiously motivated violence; not only in the Middle East and Europe, but also in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North and South America.
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Chapter 5: Decapitation, repression, or cauterization? The problem of targeted killings

Jack McDonald


This chapter looks at the particular problems associated with studying targeted killings by the UK. It argues that there are a number of issues found in the literature on targeted killings and leadership decapitation that are likely to inhibit the study of UK targeted killings, notably the difficulty of disaggregating UK strikes from the Coalition air war against ISIS. It highlights the possibility of studying targeted killings as a form of cauterization of terrorist networks, but the true value of the UK case study is likely to lie in the study of the proliferation of capabilities to perform extraterritorial counter-terrorism strikes.

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