The Terror Network

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The Terror Network: The Secret War of International Terrorism (ISBN 0030506611) is a 1981 book by Claire Sterling, published by Henry Holt & Company, which argued that the USSR was using terrorists as a proxy force.[1]

In part because of the book, CIA director William J. Casey commissioned a Special National Intelligence Estimate on Soviet support for terrorism. That estimate had this to say about the book:

Michael Ledeen promoted the book's claims when it was published. National Review, a conservative magazine, later commented that "Almost everything Claire said was borne out" by Stasi files that emerged after the end of the Cold War.[3]

According to Melvin Goodman, the Head of Office of Soviet Affairs at the CIA from 1976-1987, the claims of a terror network were in fact black propaganda created by the CIA.[4]


  1. ^ Naftali, Timothy, Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism, Basic Books, 2006. Cf. p.123
  2. ^ Central Intelligence Agency. Special National Intelligence Estimate. Soviet Support for International Terrorism and Revolutionary Violence. SNIE 11/2-81. May 27, 1981.
  3. ^ National Review - The Power of Bad Television, Wayback Machine archive
  4. ^ Curtis, Adam (Director); Goodman, Melvin (Himself:Head of Office of Soviet Affairs at CIA). The Power of Nightmares:Part 1. Event occurs at 54:20.