President Obama may have delivered on his campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden, but as an Al-Qaeda strategist bin Laden has been dead for years. This book introduces and examines the new generation of Al-Qaeda leaders who have been behind the most recent attacks. Investigative journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad dedicated his life to revealing the strategies and inner workings of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He had access to top-level commanders in both movements, as well as within the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence service. Shahzad's work was praised by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for 'bringing to light the troubles extremism poses to Pakistan's stability'. Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban explains the wider aims of both organisations and provides an essential analysis of major terrorist incidents, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In May 2011, Shahzad was abducted and killed in Pakistan, days after writing an article suggesting that insiders in the Pakistani navy had colluded with Al-Qaeda in an attack on a naval air station. This book is a testament to his fearless reporting and analytical rigour. It will provide readers worldwide with an invaluable introduction to a new phase of the ongoing struggle against terrorism which threatens lives in so many countries.
Syed Saleem Shahzad
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Syed Saleem Shahzad (Asia Times Online) published some of the best and most insightful articles on terrorism in the past decade. 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...
Read this book to find out what is it like to be in Pakistan..to learn about Al Qaida's secret world. Great book to give as a gift. Proceeds from this book will support Shahzad Saleem's widow and three kids.
As a veteran of the first war Afghan war against the Soviets, this book confirms my deepest suspicions about Al Qaeda's intentions in South Asia and America's response to those strategies. It is a recent and profoundly important report that the author gave his life for. Sadly, it will probably be ignored by American diplomatic, intelligence and military leaders.
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...
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