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CTC Sentinel – October 2009, Vol. 2, Issue 10

About the CTC Sentinel

The Combating Terrorism Center is an independent educational and research institution based in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point. The CTC Sentinel harnesses the Center’s global network of scholars and practitioners to understand and confront contemporary threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence.


Feature Article
A Profile of the TTP’s New Leader: Hakimullah Mehsud By Mukhtar A. Khan

The October 2009 Terrorist Attack in Italy and its Wider Implications By Federico Bordonaro

LIFG Revisions Unlikely to Reduce Jihadist Violence By Alison Pargeter

Rethinking Strategies to Secure U.S. Critical Infrastructure By Charles Faddis

Israel as an Al-Qa`ida Target: Sorting Rhetoric From Reality By Matthew Levitt

Understanding History’s Seven Stages of Jihad By Sebastian L.v. Gorka

Mao Tse-tung and the Search for 21st Century Counterinsurgency By Thomas A. Marks

Recent Highlights in Terrorist Activity


About Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at


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