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Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 1st Edition
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He was the first to interview leading commanders of al Qaeda's so-called shadow army, including Siraj Haqqani (leader of the Haqqani network), Ilyas Kashmiri (leader of Brigade 313), Mullah Nazir (South Waziristan), and Qari Ziaur Rahman (Kunar/Nuristan/Bajaur), and countless others.
I have consumed most books published on terrorism in the past decade, but a lot of those books lack insight,
because hardly anybody can venture into the tribal areas of Pakistan.
Syed Saleem Shahzad could.
If anybody knew what is going on in the al Qaeda's capital, it was Syed Saleem Shahzad.
His murder shortly after the publication of this book (possibly by the infamous Pakistani intelligence agency ISI) only confirms that some people were very worried by his reporting.
Anybody interested in terrorism should consider buying this book.
If you have doubts, read some of his many articles at Asia Times Online: [...]
The critical underlying concepts that the book emphasizes are: 1. that the war in Afghanistan is about global Jihad to rid all Muslim countries of "infidels", especially Palestine, and 2. that Al Qaeda is using Afghanistan as a trap for America to squander its resources and become weaker and more isolated globally. The process of weakening America will enable another generation of Jihadis to fight America over Israel in an "end times" battle for the Levant. So far as this writer can tell, the strategy has been working.
The book is an unintended indictment of US military and diplomatic officials who insisted on the "surge" and extensive operations in the flatlands of Helmand province while most of Al Qaeda and the Taliban leadership stayed in the mountains through which the Durand line passes. In going for what was the easier fight, General Petraeus has had only limited success at securing real estate when he is, in fact, fighting a revolutionary idea.
The book wastes little time on American strategic intentions. Instead, it chronicles the victories, defeats, strategies and ideological development of Al Qaeda and the Taliban that the late author likens to a "1001 nights" tale. And what a tale it is! From the dreamy, heady days after the Soviet defeat to only a few months ago, the author traces many threads other than Bin Laden, who, as it turns out, was not that important to Al Qaeda thinking.Read more ›
As an investigative journalist, Shahzad dug deep. He made contact with senior Al-Qaeda members, the Taliban and Pakistani officials. In his book he gives us a clear picture of what is going on inside the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and draws us a map of what to expect in the future.
"Pakistan journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad's body has been found in Sarai Alamgir, about 200 kilometres from Islamabad, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. Shahzad, who was the Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online, had gone missing from Islamabad on Sunday evening. Days before his disappearance, Shahzad had authored an article that alleged links between navy officials and Al Qaeda. The report claims that it has been confirmed that his body has been identified and showed signs of torture. Shahzad's car had been found in Sarai Alamgir and a body had also been discovered nearby. Shahzad is the author of the book Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, which is to be released this month. Earlier, the journalist community pointed fingers at intelligence agencies, expressing suspicion they might have picked him up because of his critical stance towards the Army."
One can only hope that he did not meet an end as grisly as that of Daniel Pearl.
Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have tactics, strategies and systems that are well explained in this book. Their ideology and actions are fully explored in this book in a detailed manner. The only other writer who does similar work (that I know of) is Steve Coll - and Steve got a Pulitzer for his work. There are critical lessons for the West in this book that hopefully will save us from making history changing mistakes.
I will add that the author was Pakistani and his language has it's own style. Readers should not expect Western writing style will be disappointed.... I think this unique style is what makes this an interesting read.
I wish Western journalists took lessons from this book about what journalism is all about. Perhaps then their garbage, celebrity and money oriented news style will change for the better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Americans think Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are homicidal madmen. The term terrorists is calculated to keep one from going any further. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas P. Dengler
I read the book immediately after the news of Syed Saleem Shahzad's death was out in the media. The book provides inner workings of Al-Qaeda, its global long term strategy and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ozzy Ahmed
This was my first of yet to be read books on this very important topic. I am saddened by what appears to be the author's murder for his courage writing this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James A. Stehr
Relational exposure of the individuals and groups comprising the 'taliban.' There is no other source and, unfortunately, this material is soon dated.Published on November 25, 2013 by John Kountz
This book smacks of a Pakistani intelligence provocation to plant blame for all its own actions at "Al Qaida's" door. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Maverick
It's riveting, to say the least. It's a must read if u want to know the genesis and future of AQ. It's written fairly impartially, and he has a lot of actual on the ground... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Bilal A. Siddiqui
What a remarkable depository of inside knowledge about the strategies of Al-Qaeda, its osmosis with Pakistan's tribal areas, and the spread of Jihad. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Rene-Pierre Azria
This book is in need of massive editing. The chapters do not flow, the author repeats himself multiple times. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer