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A fast paced thriller!
on November 30, 2006
Inside the Jihad is a thrilling read from start to finish. Omar Nasiri didn't start out in the radical Islamic movement as a spy at all. He also didn't become a spy because he felt it was the right thing to do, he did it to save his life.
Omar's life wasn't normal for anyone, European or Arab. He was born in Morocco and when he was 5 his family moved to be with their father who had been working in Belgium for two years. However Omar had TB and was placed in a sanitarium. A sanitarium ran by Catholic nuns. Then at ten he went to live in a castle with 25 other foster boys. He did see his family rarely but he grew up westernized, having implications later on. The man who ran the castle, Edourd, took Omar under his wing. This included allowing Omar to shoot guns in the range provided he does his homework. However the one time he lied about completing his homework so he could shoot, Edourd found out, and said something to Omar he never forgot. Edourd said in anger that he would never amount to anything and Omar vowed to prove him wrong. He vowed to prove anyone wrong who ever underestimated him.
Omar then moved in with his family who by then returned to Morocco. He wasn't close to his family but then did something a good Muslim son shouldn't do. He stood up and assaulted his father after he gave one too many beatings to his mother. His mother then divorced and moved with the family back to Belgium. Omar stayed in Morocco.
Soon enough he was making money as the go-between for hashish dealers and the tourists. He learned the skills necessary to avoid arrest and spot buyers and sellers. These skills would eventually allow him entry to the camps.
After his brother brought him back to Belgium he soon learned that his mother's house was the hub for the GIA in Europe. This is where Al Ansar was published and spread around the world. He soon put his skills to use in obtaining bullets for the GIA members and soon enough was buying weapons, detonators, and even explosives. After discovering to his horror that the arsenals he was buying were being kept in his house he made a mistake that sent him into the arms of the DGSE (French Secret Service). After helping the DGSE he was almost sent to jail with the rest the GIA cell, but by his wits he managed to stay out of jail. By way of another mistake he also wanted out of Europe. Soon enough we was sent to Turkey, alone, to somehow find his way into Afghanistan. The DGSE had little hope of seeing Omar again. Omar would prove them wrong as well.
Before a flight to Pakistan, he used his skills to identify a Jihadist and made a connection that within weeks would allow Omar to enter the training camps.
Once at the camps the training was physically exhausting and thoroughly extensive. Weapons training involved pistols, surface to air missiles, tanks, explosives, mortars and everything in between. Everything was drilling into the trainee's heads. The scariest part was the do-it yourself explosives recipes and detonators. The manual Omar gave to MI5 taught the intelligence explosives "experts" a thing or two. When it came to religious instruction the splitting of hairs was absurd to the extreme. The Koran says you can't kill innocents. But let's say, for example, that that innocent was helping a crusader kill Muslims, fair game. Even if that innocent is a child PRAYS for his crusader father! This absurd contradiction is what kept Omar from falling into the lure of the brotherhood of the camps. The lure of the camps was so strong that Omar wanted to go to Chechnya to fulfill his "Jihad". Thankfully the terrorists saw that Omar's westernized behavior was perfect to send him to Europe. Then he was on his way to England. A trained killer, a Jihadist sent to kill and main innocents, but this Jihadist was "our" Jihadist, one whose knowledge would soon help send some of the top Al-Qaeda members to jail.
Omar spent two years in "Londonistan" and was mishandled by MI5. British intelligence was concerned with possible attacks in the UK. At that time London was the hub of Islamic Extremism with no part on MI5's part to do much of anything. Admittedly this did change but not for years. This allowed the extremists to meet, recruit, and plan attacks, but as long as the attacks weren't in the UK, no problem from a British intelligence perspective. In London Omar Nasiri became a go-between for messages from Al-Qaeda's top recruiter in Pakistan and the racial cleric, Abu Qatada. However he was soon told to forget about Abu Qatada and focus on the Finsbury Park mosque with its firebrand cleric, Abu Hamza. Abu Qatada was by far the more dangerous (and smart) but Abu Hamza was a "barking dog" (Omar's words) and was thought more of a threat. History would prove Omar was right as Abu Qatada is now in British prison awaiting extradition to Jordon where he was convicted in absentia of terrorist attacks. Omar also told MI5 of a big fish he saw with Abu Qatada named Ali Touchent, one of the most wanted men in France for masterminding attacks there. But British "intelligence" lost him in a café, months later a bomb tore though a Paris metro with all the hallmarks of Ali Touchent. His 2 years in London abruptly ended when a mistake from his past caught up to him.
Omar was then sent to Germany. He was then caught in political infighting within Germany's intelligence services. The Germans gave him a passport in his original name with no way of starting a new, safe, life. But he was also not given papers that would allow him to work legally. Omar was soon demoralized and fed up after months with little money and a wife to support so he quit. Omar currently works in dead-end jobs with little money to help his family.
He risked his life to write this book, but he did. He did it to help his fellow Muslims realize the dangers of extremism and to stop them becoming like us. Omar meant that if they fight like us they will become like us, and then there will be nothing left worth fighting for. That is his Jihad. He has no sympathies for us whatsoever.
Omar Nasiri has written a fast-paced book on the inner workings of Islamic Extremism and the intelligence services who *try* to stop them.
A book you can't put down!