The Counter Insurgency Manual

The author, an expert in counter terrorism, has produced a very easy to follow guide to the subject with good supporting illustration. – Terrorism and associated criminal activity has dominated the period since the end of WWII and this manual-style review is very timely– Highly Recommended.


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NAME: The Counter Insurgency Manual
FILE: R2561
AUTHOR: Leroy Thompson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  176
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Insurgents, counter insurgency, tactics, equipment, 
personnel, political will, asymmetric warfare, covert warfare, 
terrorism, hostage rescue, criminality, VIP protection

ISBN: 978-1-84832-826-6

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DESCRIPTION: The author, an expert in counter terrorism, has 
produced a very easy to follow guide to the subject with good 
supporting illustration.  - Terrorism and associated criminal 
activity has dominated the period since the end of WWII and this 
manual-style review is very timely– Highly Recommended.

Acres of print has been devoted to terrorism during the last 70 
years, although it is nothing new, with even references to 
terrorists and brigands in the Bible's Old Testament. It is however 
a potentially complex subject and modern travel and communications 
has produced heightened risk and blurred the lines even further 
between terrorists with a political or religious motivation and 
criminals who are only in the terror business for the money. 
Whatever the motive, the fear that is generated and the losses are 
equally painful and need to be resisted effectively. This manual 
offers a glimpse into this world and explains how terrorism and 
counter terrorism work in a very clear manner that does not require 
prior knowledge of the subject.

One objection to such books is that they might give the terrorist an 
advantage by disclosing information that could be used to aid terror 
attacks. This is part of the fog that surrounds the subject. 
Although there are incompetent terrorists and criminals, the vast 
majority are skilled and intelligent, depending on the fact that 
their victims are seriously ignorant of the risks and counters that 
affect them and their families.

We all live in a very risky world and it has always been that way. 
To satisfactorily manage those risks that affect us, we need to 
understand them and know what to look for – risk management is 
essentially a matter of effective observation and a good database 
of historic threats and impacts in the context of the life style the 
risk manager is required to support. Risk management is therefore 
primarily observation and understanding, where those risks that 
directly affect each of us are understood, recognized and receive 
adequate resources to contain them acceptably.

Terrorists rely on the fear and hysteria of the news media to do 
much of their job for them. At present, considerable space is 
devoted to terror acts and major crimes, and to crowds of people 
lighting candles and building shrines to victims. It conceals the 
facts that some of the greatest criminals are working in politics, 
and terrorists are, porportionately, a very minor violent risk. 
Understanding the real situation and the means available to contain 
the threats means that we have the resources still available to deal 
with what may be much greater dangers from fire, common crime, 
natural disasters and other dangers.

This book is a very welcome addition to publicly available knowledge 
of terror threats and the options for neutralizing them.