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Dynamics of Jihadist Kidnapping: Online

In recent years, Islamist terrorist groups worldwide have discovered kidnapping as a highly effective tool for financing their operations and pressuring target governments into conceding to their demands. Furthermore, in locations such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia, graphic video executions of kidnap victims have been used as powerful psychological weapons against expatriate Westerners and the public. In this three-hour distance learning course, former Iraq Hostage Working Group Coordinator Daniel O'Shea explores this growing problem of jihadist kidnappings, kidnapping prevention, and advice for surviving kidnapping situations.

Topics include:

The Jihadist Kidnapping Situation • Kidnapping Tactics and Techniques • US Policy & Response Options • Kidnapping Prevention • Hostage Survival • Escape & Rescue Actions


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 ATR 234 Jihadist Kidnapping: Iraq & Beyond 1h 17m
2 ATR 235 Kidnapping Risk Mitigation 48m 3s

Total completion time for this course is approximately 3 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 10-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

Student Comments

"The course was well presented and showed the evolvement and change in the "business" of kidnapping. Lots of valuable points and suggestions were made.
  F. Lahner
CSSD/SC Germany / LAHNER- Tactical Training
"Gives one a better perspective on living and working in high risk areas and traveling in hot spots on the globe. Mr. Daniel O'Shea had my attention captured from the beginning to the end.
  J. Hayes
"Very informative, concise, and to the point information. No wasted time on irrelevant information.
  A. Clarke
Mercury Radio Arts
"Complete and to the point.
  M. Fernandes
Fremont Police Department
"Great course, very thorough
  C. Spence
Vanderburgh County Sheriff office
"The lesson was full of information about the subject and related topics.
  J. Alvarez
Broward County Sheriffs Office
"Extremely useful information for working and operating not only in the Middle East, but world wide.
  Y. Harrington
"Very good. The lessons stated were true to form of any kidnapping, and could easily translate.
  R. Niemann
Des Plaines Police Dept.

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Restriction Level:
Level 2 - Verified Security Professionals & Law Enforcement Only

Expatriate Civilians, Executive Protection Specialists, Security Professionals, Military Personnel

Expected Completion Time:
3 hours

10 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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