The authors dr Željko Mojsilović and mr Dragan Džamić prepared a script titled: ˝Weapons Against Abductors: 10 Cases of Unsuccessful Hostage Rescuing Attempts˝.
The manuscript is original and comes out as a natural continuance of their previously published manual: ˝Weapons Against Abductors (I): 10 Cases of Successful Hostage Rescuing Attempts˝. This one represents the synthesis and general knowledge about unsuccessful attempts of rescuing hostages. Looking upon this material, it is clear that the authors gripped with a serious load of work to bring us something that will be accepted well amongst the readers who work in various fields and do different types of jobs.
This second manual we are presented with, brings some general and systematic pieces of knowledge which sprang out of the really bad practices employed by the special antiterrorist or counterterrorist units. The authors show us the ten types of poorly and unsuccessfully organized hostage rescuing attempts, and they show us the mistakes made by the security forces, which led to the endangerment and putting at risk lives of hostages and citizens, causing unnecessary victims.
Through analysing and studding the cases described in this manual, the readers can learn lessons which can be of a great help to the security forces and above all to the special counterterrorist forces. The analysis of the undertaken operations of hostage rescuing show us clearly some important and common factors, which led to the unsuccessful crisis solutions and lives lost, and the factor number one among all these is the untimely and non-adequate hostage rescuing management.
The practicum is the result of the long years of analytical and careful work of our authors who devotedly gathered the materials needed, from both domestic and foreign sources. Beside some of the hostage situations we already knew about from media, both foreign and domestic, the manual brings us closer the cases we either knew nothing about or knew very little of and which weren’t presented any time before from the professional angle.
One of those cases is the airport Larnaca case where the offenders hijacked several aircrafts in 1978, then the Malta case which had similar scenario and which ended up in 70 people being killed after the Special Military Egyptian Unit 777 tried the rescuing attempt, or the Colombian military hostage rescuing operation in Bogota, where people were taken hostages inside the Palace of Justice and where over 100 lives were lost, both hostages, military as well as among the abductors.
The very analysis of these tragic accidents shine the additional important light over this manual and its usefulness to all those who are going to additionally work in the future in regard to these topics.
The manual also contains 115 photographs related to all the aforementioned hostage rescuing situations, which give additional set of authenticity, worth and interestingness to the manual. There are also full descriptions given about the terrorist organizations and groups which performed the attacks, as well as the special ops groups who took part in the negotiation and rescuing attempts.