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"Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious organization the world has ever seen. 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 American, European, Saudi Arabian, and other governments for use in the anti-Soviet jihad." This book sheds ...
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Overview

"Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious organization the world has ever seen. 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 American, 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 the organization trains combat soldiers and vanguard fighters for multiple guerrilla, terrorist, and semiconventional campaigns in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caucasus, and the Balkans. In addition, the author covers the clandestine Al Qaeda operational network in the West.
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Editorial Reviews

Wolf Blitzer
An alarming, but important book on al Qaeda.
CNN
Washington Post
Excellent....Gunaratna has taken a great deal of information from around the world—marshalling together police and intelligence sources, his own interviews with al Qaeda associates and the group's own documents—to create a comprehensive examination of the terrorist network.

— Peter Bergen

New York Review of Books
[This] book is a careful and methodical account of bin Laden's emergence as a leader, and of al-Qaeda cells active around the world. 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.

— Thomas Powers

Foreign Affairs
An essential first step in good counterintelligence work.
The Times (London)
[A] remarkable new study.... No one reading Gunaratna's book could be in any doubt that Al Qaeda is an awesome force.
The Sunday Times (London)
One of the few qualified to talk with authority about Al-Qaeda is Rohan Gunaratna, author of this excellent book.... He has interviewed more than 200 terrorists, including Al-Qaeda members, in dozens of countries, and read countless transcripts of intercepted communications, including calls made by Bin Laden himself.... It is one of the strengths of Gunaratna's book that he shows conclusively how disparate attacks against western interests all stemmed from the same source.
Financial Times (London)
Rohan Gunaratna succeeds.... His deep understanding of the mechanics of the menace has allowed him to wearve an account of how Al-Qaeda became—and remains—a threat.
The Economist
The most alarming conclusion to be drawn... is how little we really know about Al Qaeda.
Washington Post - Peter Bergen
Excellent....Gunaratna has taken a great deal of information from around the world—marshalling together police and intelligence sources, his own interviews with al Qaeda associates and the group's own documents—to create a comprehensive examination of the terrorist network.
New York Review of Books - Thomas Powers
[This] book is a careful and methodical account of bin Laden's emergence as a leader, and of al-Qaeda cells active around the world. 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.
Wolf Blitzer
An alarming, but important book on Al Qaeda.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425191149
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Rohan Gunaratna is research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and honorary fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel. Previously, he was principal investigator of the United Nations'Terrorism Prevention Branch, and he has served as a consultant on terrorism to several governments and corporations. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland, and the University of Notre Dame, and has lectured widely in Latin America,the Middle East, and Asia on terrorism and countermeasures. He is the author of six books on armed conflict.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface to the Third Edition
Appendix to the Preface
Introduction 1
1 Who Is Osama bin Laden? 21
2 Al Qaeda's Organization, Ideology and Strategy 72
3 Al Qaeda's Global Network 127
4 Asia: Al Qaeda's New Theater 222
5 The Al Qaeda Threat and the International Response 294
Notes 323
Index 353
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    You can see whom we are up against

    Finally a book that analyses and explains who the ominous 'Al-Qaeda' are, where they come from and who they will be in the future. It is an eye opener for all who thought the phenomenon of muslim terrorism will go away soon. It tends to drown the reader with long names and details, but if you hang in you will see the big picture. And that is pretty unnerving. The book has become mandatory reading for all NYPD superior officers.

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