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Sisters of Battle: Analyzing Female Terrorists

By Erik Kleinsmith
The attack in San Bernardino, California highlights the role of female terrorists. The presence of women in a terror group is neither a new phenomenon nor limited to any one type of group or role. Female terrorists should NOT be considered an anomaly and they are, in fact, quite common as are some of the particular trends and patterns that can be associated with their presence. Here are tips for the intelligence analyst and police investigator to help them understand the unique aspects of female terrorists and assist with their predictions of future actions of a terror group.

Terrorist Brothers: A Common Bond in Extremist Circles

One of the most interesting facts about the terrorist attacks in Paris is that a pair of brothers was involved. For the intelligence analyst, understanding family connections in a terror group is critical. Counterterror analysts go to great lengths to understand the organization of terrorist and extremist groups in an effort to profile and predict their operations. AMU's Erik Kleinsmith, a former Army Intelligence Officer, discusses how the appearance of brothers and other family members within a terror organization can provide counterterrorism analysts with potential patterns and trends that require further analysis. Here are seven things to consider.