Middle Eastern Culture and Terrorist Strategies

training-radical-islamDuring this course participants will gain valuable insight into the thinking behind the Global Jihad and its manifestations here in the USA. This course will introduce US officers to the various critical issues of the Middle East and prepare them for critical analysis of the concepts that have the greatest impact upon the interests and national security policies of the United States. Among the issues that will be addressed are practical tips for law enforcement and security personnel in detecting, preventing and responding to acts of terror, and a clear explanation of the reasons for the Global Jihad. From the formative phases of the Islamic religion to distinctive profiles of domestic and international terror groups. This course is a must in order to understand the culture of Jihad and the threat it offers to the USA and its interests.

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This course is designed to explain, historically and culturally, the development of Radical Islam and the threat that this version of Jihad has for the entire world with emphasis on the USA.

Course Objective:

The course objective is to enable law enforcement to have a better, clearer situational awareness with respect to the threat of terrorism.

Learning Objectives:

LO #1: Teach the historical development of Islam. The participants will learn how the cultural seeds of Radical Islam are inherent in the historical development from the early 7th century until the present day.

LO #2: Demonstrate the many cultural differences between Sunni and Shia and other branches of Islam.

LO #3: Identify key modi operandi in international terror groups.

LO #4: Identify the main indicators of terrorist activities and suggest responses to them.

Special Student Requirements:


Method of Evaluation:

1. Exercise – Thinking like a Terrorist

Instructor Guide


1. PowerPoint presentation with Video

2. Lecture with questions

3. Discussion

4. Exercise

Training Aids/Equipment:

1. Instructor:

a. PowerPoint

b. PowerPoint slide handouts

c. Written instructions for exercise

2. Student:

a. Materials for writing and note taking

Instructor Special Requirements:

1. A quick erase board and large screen 

Typical Agenda

I. Day One

08:00 Introductions, Arabian Peninsula, Jahiliya.

08:50 Mohammed. Mohammed becomes the messenger of Allah. Spread of Islam.

09:00 Spread of Islam across three continents. Caliphates, Sunnis, and Shiites.

10:00 Crusades, Salahedin and Richard the Lion Hearted. Further expansion of Islam.

10:50 Ottoman Empire, Industrial Revolution.

11:00 Marxism, WWI. The Armenian genocide. The aftermath of WWI.

11:50 Class Exercise

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Muslim Brotherhood, WWII, Mufti of Jerusalem during WWII.

13:50 Birth of Israel, Arab-Israeli Wars.

14:00 Cold War, The War of Algerian Independence, Rise of terrorist groups in Europe, Middle East and U.S. 1973 Oil Crisis, 1979 Iranian Revolution.

15:00 Creation of Hezbollah, USSR in Afghanistan, Mujahedeen.

16:00 Death of Communism, First Gulf War, Balkan War, Chechnya, Afghan Alumni.

17:00 Class Exercise and Class Discussion.

II. Day Two

08:00 Overview of Terrorist Activities from 1960-2001.

09:00 Afghanistan, Iraq.

10:00 Five Pillars, Jihad.

11:00 Terrorism, short term and long term goals.

11:50 Class Discussions.

12:00 LUNCH

13:00 Islam in Europe.

14:00 Terrorism in U.S., homegrown terrorism, sudden Jihad Syndrome.

15:00 Officer safety, U.S. prisons and Islam, suicide bombers.

16:00 Explosives, hostages and menthol preparation, Internet search, class.

17:00 Discussions and Conclusion 


Participant responses to presentation:

This course was very interesting, especially the history of Islam.

Overall course was useful.

Great historical aspect for a better understanding; it was very interesting to hear history of where we are in this situation.

All very beneficial; gave me a better understanding of the terrorist threat.

Terrorism topics in general were very good!  Insight into mindset of extremists, the history of the Middle East, overall great material.

Excellent explanation of the Islamic hierarchy teachings & beliefs, all of them were very well presented.

Presenter’s knowledge & in-depth explanations were very impressive; whole 2 days were excellent.

Excellent presentation, great content useful information. Instructor was excellent, knew how to talk to law enforcement personnel.

Class needs to be taught to high ranking officials in law enforcement - local & federal as well as government officials so they see what may occur.

The course is a fantastic eye opener, especially for those present without military experience - reaffirmed my beliefs about the situation.

This was an excellent and extremely informative seminar; instructor was an absolute delight - professional, knowledgeable and very engaging.

This course could be broken into basic 2 day or advanced 4-5 day, there is so much material.

Thank you for a great program. The instructor kept everyone interested through his excellent presentation and his humor.

Excellent instructor; great course material, kept me focused both days.

Case Study

One of the nation’s largest Midwestern cities commissioned SSI™ to present this program. Because the City is very sensitive to any charges of racial incitement, having a substantial Islamic population, the City asked SSI™ to come in due to the reputation of this program to teach about RADICAL Islam and the agenda of the extremists, carefully differentiating this from mainstream Muslims.

As a Muslim and brother police officer, the presenter was able to explain the historical antecedents and false religious justifications that the extremists use against a context of Islamic history. With fascinating examples of past history that the Radical Islamists have distorted, the presenter shows how the clock has been inevitably ticking towards a confrontation between the followers of the Muslim Brotherhood like Sayyid Qutbo, who while a very small minority,  urged actions that have been adopted by modern day terrorists like Osama bin Laden.

The city was also able to incorporate interview practices that included sensitivity to Islamic customs regarding women and children and how to address these. Practical consideration was given to naming conventions as well as characteristics of fanatics so that police and other personnel would be able to distinguish them carefully. A great deal of time was spent on local incitement by extremists following the Iranian/ Hezbollah/ Hamas ideology. The presenter also helped law enforcement understand the role of extremist groups in the USA that peddle hatred but claim to enforce equal rights as opposed to genuine and peace-loving Muslim faithful.

Consideration was given to other groups that are likely to enter into low intensity conflicts with the City authorities. The seminar received the highest evaluations and accolades.

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