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ISBN: 0231126921
Author: Rohan Gunaratna
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press; First Printing edition (June 27, 2002)
Pages: 240
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 217
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As a handbook, Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror does the work of many tomes, but its chief strength is to be found in Gunaratna's final chapter, where he argues that the political war will be ignored at America's peril. An essential first step in good counterintelligence work. An alarming, but important book on Al Qaeda.

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Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious .

Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious organization the world has ever seen.

Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics . This book sheds light on Al Qaeda's financial infrastructure and how they train combat soldiers and vanguard fighters for multiple guerrilla, terrorist and semi-conventional campaigns in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, and the Balkans. In addition, the author covers the clandestine Al Qaeda operational network in the West. Finally, to destroy Al Qaeda, Gunaratna shows there needs to be a multipronged, multiagency, and multidimensional response by the international community.

Rohan Gunaratna, author of six books on armed conflict, was called to address the . Previously, Gunaratna was principal investigator of the . s Terrorism Prevention Branch, and served as a consultant on terrorism to several governments and corporations.

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Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology,structure, strategies, and tactics .

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Rohan Gunaratna talked about the origins of al Qaeda, its evolution as a global actor, and its current state. Rohan Gunaratna is the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, published by Columbia University Press

Rohan Gunaratna talked about the origins of al Qaeda, its evolution as a global actor, and its current state. He also spoke about the role of the . Rohan Gunaratna is the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, published by Columbia University Press. Peter Bergen is the author of Holy War, In. Inside The Secret World of Osama Bin Laden, published by Free Press. Rohan Gunaratna talked about the origins of al Qaeda, its evolution as a global actor, and its current state.

To my wife Anne and our sons Kevin and Ryan. Inside Al Qaeda Global Network of Terror. Columbia University Press New York. 3. Al Qaeda’s Global Network Decentralisation North America Europe Britain France Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain Germany The Balkans Role of Islamic NGOs and charities in the Balkans The Caucasus Egypt Algeria Yemen. 95 95 101 114 116 121 126 129 131 132 134 136 137 139. ix. x. Contents UAE Libya Saudi Arabia Iran, Lebanon, Hezbollah Iraq Israel/The Occupied Territories Africa Sudan Sub-Saharan Africa Latin America. 142 142 143 146 149 150 151 156 159 164.

The level of detail is impressive; he even gives the exact address of the former Al Qaeda headquarters in Brooklyn and Osama bin Laden's cell phone number! This book provides Americans with credible specifics we need to fight terrorism.

Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious organization the world has ever seen. The definitive work on Al Qaeda, this book is based on five years of research, including extensive interviews with its members; field research in Al Qaeda-supported conflict zones in Central, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East; and monitoring Al Qaeda infiltration of diaspora and migrant communities in North America and Europe.Although founded in 1988, Al Qaeda merged with and still works with several other extremist groups. Hence Al Qaeda rank and file draw on nearly three decades of terrorist expertise. Moreover, it inherited a full-fledged training and operational infrastructure funded by the United States, European, Saudi Arabian and other governments for use in the anti-Soviet Jihad.This book sheds light on Al Qaeda's financial infrastructure and how they train combat soldiers and vanguard fighters for multiple guerrilla, terrorist and semi-conventional campaigns in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, and the Balkans. In addition, the author covers the clandestine Al Qaeda operational network in the West. Gunaratna reveals:how Osama bin Laden had his mentor and Al Qaeda founder, "Azzam", assassinated in order to take over the organization and that other Al Qaeda officers who stood in his way were murdered,Al Qaeda's long-range, deep-penetration agent handling system in Western Europe and North America for setting up safe houses, procuring weapons, and conducting operations,how the O55 Brigade, Al Qaeda's guerrilla organization, integrated into the Taliban,how the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui forced Al Qaeda to move forward on September 11,how a plan to destroy British Parliament on 9/11 and to use nerve gas on the European Union Parliament were thwarted,how the Iran--Hezbollah--Al Qaeda link provided the knowledge to conduct coordinated, simultaneous attacks on multiple targets, including failed plans to destroy Los Angeles International Airport, the USS Sullivan, the Radisson Hotel in Jordan, and eleven US commercial airliners over the Pacific ocean,that one-fifth of international Islamic charities and NGOs are infiltrated by Al Qaeda,how the US response is effective militarily in the short term, but insufficient to counter Al Qaeda's ideology in the long-term.Finally, to destroy Al Qaeda, Gunaratna shows there needs to be a multipronged, multiagency, and multidimensional response by the international community.

Comments:

Helldor
Every one needs to read this book to understand the world of the terrorist. Even though it was released in 2002 it is very pertinent to today. If we thought Al Qaeda dies with Osama Bin Laden we are sorely mistaken. This book explains the continuous funding, the many sub divisions of the middle eastern terrorism, the huge network they have within other countries, how they will lye in wait for years within these countries for the perfect time to attack, and the misplaced hate they have for those who are not part of their world. This book has really opened my eyes to the network of terrorism in today's world and how difficult it is for governments to stay on top of pending attacks. I had no idea how embedded they are and that they are every where. this book has been a real eye opener for me.
GEL
This book appears to be a good reference source. I don't have the expertise to judge its accuracy, but I'm willing to assume the author knows his field.
There are problems. Foremost among them is Gunaratna's charge that Osama bin Laden acquiesced in the killing of his mentor, Sheikh Azzam, in 1989. This claim is worded more boldly on the cover flap: "[Gunaratna reveals] how bin Laden had his mentor and Al Qaeda founder, 'Azzam,' assassinated in order to take over the organization and how other Al Qaeda officers who stood in his way were murdered."
Gunaratna may "reveal" this to readers who haven't heard the rumors, but he doesn't prove it. He simply asserts that there was a falling out between Azzam on one side, and bin Laden and Egyptian members of their group on the other, because Azzam opposed using terror tactics. He claims the Egyptians assassinated Azzam after having "won over Osama to their cause"--that he "sanctioned, if not condoned" the killing. A sample of Gunaratna's biased writing: "All this is of a piece with Osama's exceedingly duplicitous nature."
How's this for evidence of involvement? "[Bin Laden's] cunning was...demonstrated by the fact that he left Pakistan for Saudi Arabia in the year that Azzam died. It has been impossible to pin down when exactly he left, and no sources on this have been forthcoming, but one should not in the least be surprised if it transpires he was not in Pakistan when Azzam was murdered, furnishing himself with a sound alibi and allowing him to distance himself from the act as much as possible."
The only source Gunaratna cites in support of his claims is a statement made by a prisoner a decade later: that bin Laden ordered the assassination because he believed Azzam was aiding the CIA. That's a completely different motive from the one he alleges.
What about those other murders of people who stood in bin Laden's way? More may be described in the book, but this is the only one I've found: "Mustafa Shalabi, who was close to Azzam, was killed on March 1, 1991. Although there is no evidence that Osama ordered his death, it is clear that Shalabi was not with the Egyptians who backed Osama."
No evidence. Gunaratna admits it.
Here's another blurb from the cover flap: "[Gunaratna reveals] how the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui forced Al Qaeda to move forward on the September 11 attacks." This implies that the date was moved up, as others have speculated; but again, there's no hard evidence. All Gunaratna shows is that the hijackers' financial activity picked up in the week after Moussaoui's arrest. That could well have been the case, in a late August time frame, if the attacks were planned all along for about September 11.
There are other problems. Gunaratna states in one chapter that some of the world's intelligence agencies aren't convinced al-Qaida #3 man Muhammad Atef is dead. It may be excusable that in another chapter, he says without qualification that Atef was killed last November. What's not excusable is that he also says Abu Hafs was killed in January. Muhammad Atef and Abu Hafs are or were the same man! [A later note, 8/29/02: A recent news account made clear that a second man, Mafouz Walid, used the same nom de guerre, but was usually differentiated from Atef by calling him "Abu Hafs the Mauritanian." Walid was supposedly killed in January, but it's now claimed he's still alive. Could this name-confusion have influenced the suspicions that Atef is alive?]
Something else: Gunaratna tells us Sudan's President al-Bashir once offered to extradite bin Laden to the U.S. The wording implies this happened in 2001--when bin Laden was nowhere near Sudan. Gunaratna can't mean 2001; he says the U.S. President was Bill Clinton. But the passage is hopelessly unclear.
The book's most interesting claim is that the 9/11 plot was meant to include strikes on the British Houses of Parliament, the Indian Parliament, and a target in Australia. This is based on statements made by a single prisoner, which may or may not be proven true as more facts come to light. Less startling, but new to me: Gunaratna says the men wounded in the capture of Abu Zubaydah included "1 Pakistani and 3 American officers." If he has more details, I wish he'd shared them.
Despite my quibbles, I give the book four stars for its information on names, dates, and terrorist activities in obscure parts of the world.
Llanonte
This book gives a very deep picture of Al Qaeda and its cells around the world. It goes into detail about the organization and leadership of the group, and also gives some background on the ideology. Rated 4 because it is constantly jumping around chronologically, making the history difficult to understand at times.
VariesWent
This is THE definitive book so far on Al Qadea for several reasons. One of the biggest is that since it came out in 2002 (it is now in paperback too) it has proven more correct every single day. If you've heard some of this information before or read some of it before it's mainly because this is the book that clearly has been the authorative source for many of journalists (I was a journalist and know how that works!)who do not attribute their on-the-air brilliance to the fact that they read this book. It's all HERE. And more and more of this book is proving to be correct every single day.
The latest sign of author Rohan Gunaratna's solid scholarship, analysis and nuts-and-bolts-inside-info in Inside Al Qaeda has been displayed on the front page of the Los Angeles Times which ran a story about how the terrorist organization is undergoing a "major shift" in strategy -- mutating into more of a decentralized network, relying on an array of regional and local allies to launch more frequent attacks on targets. If you read the book before, you KNEW that this network was in place -- and that this development was coming.
Guanaratna painstakingly lays out the huge worldwide network of terrorist groups that are directly or indirectly allied with Al Qaeda. He breaks it down into regions and countries. In fact, this book is a virtual directory: see an event in the newspapers, then look it up in this book and you have all the background to sound like an on the air expert (but you won't get paid big bucks).
No, it does not read like a novel. But this superb book is highly readable -- reading like a straightfoward newsmagazine report. There is not a word of filler or ideological rhetoric in it -- the author only lays out....facts. When he states that there is no evidence of a solid connection between Iraq and 911 he has 100 percent credibility due to what has come before. He's NOT proclaming it due to any political agenda.
The book details it all: the bloody and highly political rise of Osama Bin Laden, Bin Laden's motives and goals (basically achieve a political goal by garnering a high victim body count, and whether that includes civilians, women, children or Muslims is absolutely irrelevant); the skyrocketing rise of militant Islam; how slights from fellow Muslim national leaders created and radicalized the Al Qaeda into a terrorism Frankenstein; an account of 911 from an operational standpoint; predictions on what is likely to come; and the highly detailed profiles of various cells.
To those who are not sympathetic to Bin Laden or Al Qaeda's political goals (in other words, those who do feel upset if they see innocents intentionally murdered to make a political statement)this book is depressing, as it documents Al Qaeda's highly fluid and adaptable "multidimensional" nature -- which you now see in newscycles each day. Nor will it vanish soon. Writes Gunaratna: "Al Qaeda's leadership, membership and supporters firmly believe that everything happens according to God's will."
6snake6
Bought as a gift.
JUST DO IT
Good analysis, but was not used to avoid Al Queda activities.
skyjettttt
Thank you!

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