By Rohan Gunaratna
Examines the management, ideology, constitution, innovations, and strategies of the main violent politico-religious association the realm has ever noticeable. The definitive paintings on Al Qaeda, this ebook is predicated on 5 years of analysis, together with vast interviews with its contributors; box examine in Al Qaeda-supported clash zones in imperative, South and Southeast Asia and the center East; and tracking Al Qaeda infiltration of diaspora and migrant groups in North the United States and Europe. even if based in 1988, Al Qaeda merged with and nonetheless works with numerous different extremist teams. consequently Al Qaeda rank and dossier draw on approximately 3 many years of terrorist services. additionally, it inherited a full-fledged education and operational infrastructure funded via the us, ecu, Saudi Arabian and different governments to be used within the anti-Soviet Jihad. This ebook sheds gentle on Al Qaeda's monetary infrastructure and the way they educate strive against infantrymen and forefront warring parties for a number of guerrilla, terrorist and semi-conventional campaigns within the heart East, Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, and the Balkans. furthermore, the writer covers the clandestine Al Qaeda operational community within the West. Gunaratna finds: how Osama bin weighted down had his mentor and Al Qaeda founder, ''Azzam'', assassinated so as to take over the association and that different Al Qaeda officials who stood in his method have been murdered, Al Qaeda's long-range, deep-penetration agent dealing with approach in Western Europe and North the US for developing secure homes, deciding to buy guns, and accomplishing operations, how the O55 Brigade, Al QaedaВґs guerrilla association, built-in into the Taliban, how the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui pressured Al Qaeda to maneuver ahead on September eleven, how a plan to ruin British Parliament on September 11 and to exploit nerve fuel at the eu Union Parliament have been thwarted, how the Iran--Hezbollah--Al Qaeda hyperlink supplied the data to behavior coordinated, simultaneous assaults on a number of ambitions, together with failed plans to damage la foreign Airport, the USS Sullivan, the Radisson resort in Jordan, and 11 US advertisement airliners over the Pacific ocean, that one-fifth of overseas Islamic charities and NGOs are infiltrated via Al Qaeda, how the united states reaction is valuable militarily within the brief time period, yet inadequate to counter Al Qaeda's ideology within the long term. ultimately, to wreck Al Qaeda, Gunaratna indicates there has to be a multipronged, multiagency, and multidimensional reaction by means of the overseas neighborhood.
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Inside Al Qaeda by Rohan Gunaratna