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Subject Resource Guide

Terrorist Soft Targets

November 2013
Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL

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Search Terms

"Dirty bombs" AND Civilians AND Terrorism
Drones AND Civilians AND Terrorism
"Innocent civilians" AND Terrorism

"Soft targets" AND Terrorism
"Suicide bombings" AND Terrorism

Useful MSFRIC Databases

Defense Technical Informational Center (DTIC)

IHS Jane's
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Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Homeland Security Affairs

RAND Terrorism and Homeland Security

Relevant MSFRIC Journals & Magazines

Recent Books & Documents

Cole, Benjamin.  The Changing Face of Terrorism: How Real is the Threat from Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Weapons?  New York, I.B. Tauris, 2011.  266 p.
Book call no.: 363.3253 C689c

Columbia University.  School of Law.  Human Rights Clinic.  The Civilian Impact of Drones: Unexamined Costs, Unanswered Questions.  New York, Center for Civilians in Conflict: Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic, 2012.  77 p.
Book call no.: 363.3498 C582

Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare, edited by William Banks.  New York, Oxford University Press, 2013.  287 p.
Book call no.: 341.63 C855

Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict, edited by Taylor B. Seybolt and others.  Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 2013.  310 p.
Book call no.: 355.4 C855

Encyclopedia of Terrorism, edited by Peter Chalk.  Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, 2013.  2 vols.
Book call no.: 363.32503 E56

Gaouette, Mark.  Cruising for Trouble: Cruise Ships as Soft Targets for Pirates, Terrorists, and Common Criminals.  Santa Barbara, CA, Praeger, 2010.  285 p.
Book call no.: 364.164 G211c

Hassan, Riaz.  Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings.  New York, Routledge, 2011.  269 p.
Book call no.: 363.325 H353L

Libicki, Martin C. and others.  Exploring Terrorist Targeting Preferences.  Santa Monica, CA, RAND Corp., 2006.  107 p.
Book call no.: 363.325 L695e

Perry, Walt L. and others.  Predicting Suicide Attacks: Integrating Spatial, Temporal, and Social Features of Terrorist Attack Targets.  Santa Monica, CA, RAND Corp., 2013.  85 p.
Book call no.: 363.32512 P465p

Protection of Civilians.  Carlisle Barracks, PA, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), January 2013.  36 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 39080-663 v.4 iss.1

Simon, Jeffrey D.  Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat.  Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, 2013.  335 p.
Book call no.: 363.325 S595L

Terror on the High Seas: From Piracy to Strategic Challenge, edited by Yonah Alexander and Tyler B. Richardson.  Santa Barbara, CA, Praeger, 2009.  2 vols.
Book call no.: 345.0264 T328

More books and documents on:  Terrorism AND "Soft targets"

Recent Articles

Acosta, Benjamin and Childs, Steven J.  Illuminating the Global Suicide-Attack Network.  Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  36:49-76 January 2013.

Davis, Anthony.  Southern Sophistication: Separatists in Southern Thailand Launched a Complex Urban Attack in Late October, Demonstrating Evolving Tactical Capabilities.  IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor, pp 8-9  November 2012.

Hartley, Will.  London 2012 Threat Assessment.  IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor, pp 10-11  July 2012.

Horowitz, Shale and Ye, Min.  Targeting Civilians in Ethno-Territorial Wars: Power- and Preference Based Sources of Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Killing Strategies.  Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  36:372-393  May 2013.

Lister, Charles.  Iran's New Sunni Jihadists: A New Sunni Militant Islamist Group in Iran, Harakat Ansar Iran, Has Claimed a Suicide Attack and Threatened Further Attacks Against Shia Muslims.  IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor, pp 6-7  November 2012.

Michael, George.  Domestic Terrorist or Lone Nut?  Deciphering Christopher Dorner's Rampage.  The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International  19:20-22+  Summer 2013.

Pakistani Militants Target Health Workers.  IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor, p 4  January  2013.

Rome, Henry.  Revisiting the "Problem From Hell": Suicide Terror in Afghanistan.  Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  36:819-838  October 2013.

Schuber, William Pat.  Lethal Skies: When Drones Attack.  The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International  19:48-52  Summer 2013.

Selvadurai, S. D. and Smith, M. L. R.  Black Tigers, Bronze Lotus: The Evolution and Dynamics of Sri Lanka's Strategies of Dirty War.  Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  36:547-572  July 2013.

Sinai, Dr. Joshua.  The Active Shooter: A Significant Threat to Homeland Security.  The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International  19:20-22+  Spring 2013.

Air University Research

Terrorism AND "Civilian war casualties"
Terrorism AND "Dirty bombs"

Terrorism AND "Soft targets"


Bergen, Peter.  From Benghazi to Boston: The State of Jihad.  CNN, July 16, 2013.

Bergen, Peter and Rowland, Jennifer.  Al Qaeda's Kinder, Gentler Image Makeover.  CNN, July 31, 2013.

Hartley, Will.  War Against the People - Boko Haram Turns on the Population.  IHS Jane's Terrorism and Security Monitor, Oct 24, 2013.

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan.  Stanford, CA, Stanford Law School, September 2012.

Medalia, Jonathan.  "Dirty Bombs": Technical Background, Attack Prevention and Response.  Washington, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, June 24, 2011.  83 p. (CRS Report for Congress, R41890)

No One is Safe: Insurgent Attacks on Civilians in Thailand's Southern Border Provinces.  NY, Human Rights Watch, August 28, 2007.  102 p.

Shea, Dana A.  Chemical Weapons: A Summary Report of Characteristics and Effects.  Washington, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, 2013.  12 p. (CRS report for Congress, R42862)

Stewart, Scott.  The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets.  Security Weekly, July 26, 2012.

Terrorists Attracted to Soft Targets: Accessibility of Boston Marathon Added to its Vulnerability.  Military Periscope, May 15, 2013.

"They are Killing Us": Abuses Against Civilian's in South Sudan's Pibor County.  NY, Human Rights Watch, September 13, 2013.  45 p.

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