The Terrorist List – Volume 2: The Middle East

The Terrorist List – Volume 2: The Middle East

Spanning from 1950 to 2008, The Terrorist List: The Middle East alphabetically compiles key names, affiliates, and masterminds behind major or minor terrorist acts or attempts in the Middle Eastern region. Whether playing a role as a leader, conspirator, defendent, financier, detainee, or person of interest, this easy-to-use set covers the vital names associated with terrorism, providing a robust compilation on international terrorism.

Connecting the dots on key individuals involved in international terrorism is harder than pundits and armchair anaylysts would have you believe. The Terrorist List gives the reader a public domain sample of the colossal amount of information terrorism analysts must sift through each day in their efforts to stop the next attack. Drawing upon 35 years of research, The Terrorist List provides information on terrorists mentioned in Mickolus’s earlier chronologies, plus materials culled from al-Qaeda in Iraq personnel files.

  • Title ‏ : ‎ The Terrorist List – Volume 2: The Middle East, A-K
  • Authors ‏ : ‎ Edward Mickolus
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Praeger Security International
  • Publication Date ‏ : ‎ May 13, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 704 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780313357664
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0313357664
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.6 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 2.25 x 10.25 inches


“Mickolus’s work provides both general readers and practitioners with an incredible wealth of knowledge and insight into the oftentimes murky, shady, and gray areas of international terrorism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.”―Choice

“Any college-level collection strong in terrorist studies and politics as well as social issues holdings will appreciate this in-depth, two-volume survey. It’s a must for any serious terrorism researcher…It uses over three decades of research to gather terrorist data under one cover and is a key acquisition for any in-depth collection.”―Midwest Book Review

The Terrorist List is an invaluable reference work for anyone who reads seriously about international terrorism. Building on Edward Mickolus’s comprehensive databases and chronologies, this set is the place to go to learn who’s who in terrorism. It fills a major gap for every student of the subject.”–Paul R. Pillar, Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University


The following list includes the names of individuals who have appeared in my previous chronologies of international terrorism, and includes individuals who have been named in open sources as somehow involved in terrorist attacks or organizations.  Aliases, when known, are included.  Listing does not mean that the individual is a terrorist.  Many of the individuals listed were later determined by a court to be innocent of any involvement in incidents, or that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.  Others were named as prisoners whose release was demanded in hostage negotiations.  I have attempted to include major cases of domestic terrorism or cases that have been tried under national antiterrorism statutes.  This should not be interpreted as indicating that I deem the individuals to be terrorists, nor does it indicate any position on the underlying motivations of the individuals named.  In some cases, individuals so accused have gone on to become governmental leaders.  This list does not purport to be globally comprehensive—it is limited solely to international incidents or other incidents of sufficient import to be included in previous chronologies.

The listing uses the same definitions as my earlier books.  International terrorism is the use, or threat of use, of anxiety-inducing extranormal violence for political purposes by any individual or group, whether acting for or in opposition to established governmental authority, when such action is intended to influence the attitudes and behavior of a target group wider than the immediate victims and when, through the nationality or foreign ties of its perpetrators, its location, the nature of its institutional or human victims, or the mechanics of its resolution, its ramifications transcend national boundaries.  I have also included incidents that were initially treated by security authorities are terrorist or quasi-terrorist, such as hijackings that were later determined to be the work of mentally unstable individuals, or individuals seeking nontraditional modes of transportation but who did not have terrorist motives.

Due to the criminal nature of terrorism, its perpetrators often use aliases and “also known as” names, both to mask their identities and to increase the propaganda value of their actions.  I have attempted to include these names when known, linking these aliases to an entry that includes a description of the perpetrators’ activities, keyed to the individual’s principal name.

There are several transliteration systems in use regarding Arabic names.  In each instance, I have attempted to include the major variants, again keyed to the most frequently used principal name.  Arabic names are alphabetized without regard to name fragments such as al-, bin and Abd-al.  The last main element is used for alphabetization.  For further thoughts on problems in establishing consistency in transliterations, see my “Sidesteps Towards an Error-Compensated Method of Computing the Probability of Accuracy in Orthographic Biography” 29, 2 Journal of Irreproducible Results (1984), p. 29.

Names are listed alphabetically by surname, but listed as first name first to prevent confusion in reading Arabic names.  Hispanic names are alphabetized according to the individual’s patronymic.

DPOB refers to Date and Place of Birth, when reported.  They have not been included for nonpolitical, nonterrorist hijackers.  Such information is often available in the terrorism chronology books listed on this website.

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