A Hundred Osamas: Islamist Threats and the Future of Counterinsurgency

Author: Dr Sherifa D Zuhur

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This monograph takes its title from President Hosni Mubarak’s prediction that American involvement in Iraq would give rise to a “hundred Osamas.” The author explores “the new jihad” and the regeneration of Islamist insurgencies and extremist movements in the context of religious and political movements throughout the Muslim world. It describes the contributions of various Islamist leaders to this discourse of extremism and how their strategies of recruitment, retention and engagement function. In contrast, various U.S. responses to extremists are critiqued, and new elements of a counterstrategy are proposed.