By Abdel Bari Atwan

Over the past ten years, journalist and al-Qa'ida professional Abdel Bari Atwan has cultivated uniquely well-placed resources and collected a wealth of knowledge approximately al-Qa'ida's origins, masterminds and plans for the long run. Atwan finds how al-Qa'ida's radical departure from the vintage terrorist/guerrilla blueprint has enabled it to outpace much less adaptable efforts to neutralize it. The fanaticism of its opponents, and their willingness to kill and be killed, are matched by means of the leadership's opportunistic recruitment ideas and complex knowing of psychology, media, and new know-how - together with using the web for education, help, and communications. Atwan indicates that faraway from committing acts of violence randomly and indiscriminately, al-Qa'ida assaults goals in keeping with a decisive layout underwritten through unwavering endurance. He additionally argues that occasions in Iraq and Saudi Arabia are watershed moments within the group's evolution which are making it extra risky by means of the day, because it refines and appropriates the idea that of jihad and makes the suicide bomber an everlasting characteristic of a world holy warfare. whereas Osama bin encumbered and Ayman al-Zawahiri stay al-Qa'ida's figureheads, Atwan identifies a brand new type of chief made attainable by means of its horizontal chain of command, epitomized by way of the brutal Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi in Iraq and the bombers of London, Madrid, Amman, Bali, and somewhere else. Scholarly, analytical, aim, it's also intensely readable, being through some distance the simplest e-book at the subject.' Tony Benn 'This is a must-read booklet for a person drawn to figuring out our more and more frightening world.' Gavin Esler 'What shines out ... is a profound wish to examine and demonstrate the reality. clever and informative.' Jason Burke, mum or dad 'Deeply researched, good mentioned and entire of attention-grabbing and remarkable analyses. It calls for to be read.' Peter Bergen, writer of Holy warfare, Inc

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This was once obtrusive in his first tv recording following the assault in January 2002, whilst he desired to turn out to the realm that he was once nonetheless alive. it may be visible that his left shoulder used to be greater than his correct, and his left arm appeared thoroughly paralyzed; he didn’t circulate it in any respect regardless of being left-handed. In a next tv visual appeal later a similar yr he intentionally moved his left shoulder and arm to be able to end up that he used to be good. it's believed that al-Zawahiri, who was once a professional health professional, played an operation to take away the shrapnel. Bin encumbered has been the thing of a number of assassination makes an attempt. On one get together the Saudi executive despatched an eighteen-year-old Tajik guy to Kandahar to hold out the undertaking, having promised him Saudi citizenship and 1 million Saudi riyals – the identical of $250,000. notwithstanding, the younger guy used to be stuck sooner than the act, admitted his guilt and broke down weeping. while bin encumbered faced him face-to-face, he requested if he had proposal it most likely he may break out alive after undertaking the assassination. The younger guy used to be so terrified he couldn’t converse via his sobs. Bin encumbered pardoned him and ordered his guards to enable him move. Abu Jandal disclosed that one evening sooner than the bombardment of Kandahar in August 1998, bin encumbered left for Khost to journey its education camps. An Afghan cook dinner operating for the CIA instructed its brokers the place bin encumbered used to be headed. along with his ‘sixth experience’ pointed out prior, bin weighted down unexpectedly replaced his brain midway alongside the adventure and went to Kabul as a substitute. day after today, US warplanes raided the al Qaeda camps in Khost, killing 5. Bin weighted down didn’t prefer to use the time period ‘salaries’ and referred to as the cash he paid al Qaeda contributors ‘monthly sponsorship’. The sponsorships have been provided in simple terms to those that have been married and, ranged from $50 to $120 per thirty days, looking on the scale of the kinfolk and the rank of its breadwinner. single participants didn't obtain any per month stipends. they might devour within the camps or bases, the place food have been ready and served 3 times day-by-day. After eleven September and the retaliatory assaults on Tora Bora, bin weighted down has been at the run. Little is understood approximately his own existence on account that November 2001. i'm regularly being requested: ‘What does bin encumbered wish? ’ i don't believe that the world’s most threatening guy has any specific own goals – he doesn't, as is usually claimed, desire to develop into the Muslims’ caliph. based on the dissident Saad al-Faqih, bin encumbered couldn't, at least, ever be caliph: ‘He is from Hadramaut, and his tribe isn't really from Quraish. Islamic prophecies kingdom that he who will re-establish the caliphate will originate from Quraish and be a descendant of the Prophet. ’ existence for bin encumbered is a attempt designed by means of the author to ascertain his religion, steadfastness and obedience. He used to assert that he merely aspired to Paradise, and the fastest technique to that vacation spot was once martyrdom struggling with for the reason for Allah. Bin weighted down has continually replaced his strategies and methods, displaying remarkable flexibility.

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