Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom

Author
Mia Bloom
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
123
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2008
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Mohammed Hafez's new book, Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom , is a must-read for every American soldier or journalist on his or her way to Iraq. This book shows beyond a shadow of a doubt just how complex the situation is. Loaded with facts and figures, it will provide students of terrorism studies considerable data from which to conduct research and analysis for years to come. In addition, the book puts names to and gives details about the many un-named suicide bombers in Iraq and settles the debate of the past few years about their real identity and nationality. They are overwhelmingly foreigners (as Hafez and others have argued for years with a certain colleague from Chicago), overwhelmingly Saudis, Kuwaitis, Maghrebis, and Europeans of Moroccan descent; only a small percentage of suicide bombers in Iraq are actually Iraqis.
Political Geography
United States, Iraq, Europe