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Lesson 8: Case study — Khobar Tower attack (Day 4)

Category
Training Material
Subject
Counter-terrorism    

Description

Material for 2-hour lesson, part of the 5-day training course on terrorism abusing religion, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Subject
Counter-terrorism    
Target group
Law enforcement officers
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
terrorism, hate crime, extremism

Summary

This case study presents a summary of findings of intelligence shortfalls, force protection vulnerabilities, host nation operational sensitivities, and the calculated strategy and tactic of a specific terrorist act.

The attack exposed shortcomings of the U.S. intelligence apparatus that left Americans unprepared for the specific threat that confronted them.

A chronology of terrorist group activities in this case demonstrates a dedicated motivation and deliberate planning and execution cycle that applied phases of reconnaissance and surveillance, specific target selection and refined surveillance, staging and rehearsal, attack and escape.

The goal of this lesson is to provide the participants with a brief information and understanding on the terrorist organizational structure, tactics, techniques and procedures, used for the bombing of Khobar Towers.

At the conclusion of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Describe intelligence indicators that might have created a more effective tactical estimate of terrorist intention and capability in the Khobar Towers bombing.
  • Understand the motivation of Saudi Hezbollah and their associated support groups for choosing Khobar Towers as a terrorist target of high value.
  • Recognize force protection vulnerabilities at Khobar Towers that terrorists optimized in the bombing attack.
  • Explain the terrorist organizational structure, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), used for the bombing of Khobar Towers.
  • Deduce a trend for terrorist acts with the objective of an increased combination for mass casualties and mass destruction.

Information

Added on
30 Mar 2017
Origin
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Target group
Law enforcement officers
Region
OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Serbia
Keywords
terrorism, hate crime, extremism
Rights
OSCE