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Al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe: The Afghan-Bosnian Network Paperback – November 25, 2004
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“The definitive account of a battle Al-Qaida lost ... Kohlmann's mastery of this phase in the war on terrorism is complete.” ―Richard Clarke, author of Against All Enemies
“The definitive account of a battle Al-Qaida lost ... Kohlmann's mastery of this phase in the war on terrorism is complete.” ―Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism, US National Security Council (NSC)
“Pathbreaking ... provides us unprecedented insights into the current threat facing the West. It is a must-read to understand the contemporary wave of terrorism.” ―Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda
“Kohlmann, one of the world's foremost counterterrorism experts, documents and explores [an overlooked] chapter with insight and depth.” ―Andrew C. McCarthy, counterterrorism expert and former federal prosecutor in the 1993 WTC bombing
About the Author
Evan F. Kohlmann is an International Terrorism Consultant based in Washington, DC. He has served as an expert witness on Al-Qaida and Usama Bin Laden in post-9/11 federal terrorism trials held in the U.S. His articles have appeared in the New York Post, FoxNews.com, and the National Review, and he is frequently interviewed as a terrorist expert in the major media, including NBC, CNN, and Fox news programs.|
Top Customer Reviews
This book offers a detailed approach to the genesis of Al-Qaida (above all in Europe) and enumerates a number of components that enabled it to spread globally. Starting with the holy war in Afghanistan and its infrastructure and fighters, the focus gradually moves to Bosnia (its Civil War) and, later on, to a global scale.
The book features various illustrations, extensive coverage of many individual destinies of the "mujahideen", references to a great variety of sources and is written in a very appealing way. Furthermore, it sheds light on the doubtful rôle of Alija Izetbegovic, on flawed Western intelligence, on the consequences of the hesitant intervention of the International Community, on the crucial impact of so-called Islamic "Charities" and finally offers lessons of the "Afghano-Bosniaks".
At the beginning, you might have to get used to the particular fashion of the book, however, after a few pages you will enjoy a very good read. To conclude, a few pieces of advice in order to get the most out of the book: have a map of Ex-Yugoslavia (especially Bosnia) within reach, write down the most important Arabic expressions you encounter with the corresponding translation and make a list of the most important Arabic names, as some are difficult to remember and prone to confusion.Read more ›
The weight of the book is on the Arab-Afghan migration to Bosnia-Herzegovina. As organized combatants, the contribution of mujahedin units to the Bosnian Muslim war effort was clear: their fearlessness under fire, and their consequent impact on military goals, was undisputed. Their lack of discipline and total disregard for the laws of war, on the other hand, were a liability to the government of Alija Izetbegovic. As religious colonizers, their promotion of conservative Islam also conflicted with the laissez-faire attitudes of Bosnian Muslims. Kohlmann addresses this ambiguity quite adroitly, exploring official reluctance to deal with the post-war settlement of foreign fighters who shed blood in defence of their admittedly obscure Bosnian Muslim brethren.Read more ›
So mr. Kohlmann's writing in that particular instance is flat out incorrect and far from the truth as one could get. Taking in consideration mr. Kohlmann's background I was hopping to have a chance to read truly neutral outlook on foreign forces in Bosnia, but what I got was nowhere near that. This book can not be used as reliable source of any kind but rather as amusement reading.
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This is a must read for any serious student of counter terrorism. This book is on my ready access shelf.Published 9 months ago by Paul Sutliff
If you want to know some of the how, why, and what about the desire for Islam to conquer and subjugate America, then this is essential reading for understanding. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by James E. Horn
People who argue that "Bosnia's Muslims are secular" are only partly correct in that they *were* secular. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Sam
This book is a waste of time and money - the research is significantly lacking and the connections proposterous.Published on January 14, 2009 by Addison
I wouldn't recommend this book to any serious researcher. This is completely inaccurate picture of the agression on Bosnia.Published on September 23, 2007 by Harris
Professor Kohlmann may have good facts on specific terrorists but he does not see the whole picture of the situation in the Balkans. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by Larissa Marek