Abu Mus'ab al-Suri remains the foremost theoretician in the global jihadist movement today, despite his capture in Pakistan in late 2005. After having participated in the founding of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in 1988, al-Suri, whose real name is Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, trained a whole generation of young jihadis at his camps in Afghanistan. When he moved back to Spain in the early 1990s, al-Suri took part in establishing Al-Qaeda networks in Europe. In the mid-1990s, he rose to prominence in jihadi circles as editor of the London-based bulletin of the Algerian Groupe Islamique Armee, the most deadly Islamist terrorist group operating in Europe at the time. Al-Suri later formed his own media centre and training camp in Taleban-ruled Afghanistan, to which he returned in 1998. Building on his extensive military experience from the Syrian Islamist insurgency in the early 1980s, he contributed decisively to formulating Al-Qaeda's global warfare strategy. Throughout his writings there is a desire to learn from past mistakes and rectify the course of the jihadi movement. His 1,600 page work, 'The Global Islamic Resistance Call', outlines a broad strategy for the coming generation of Al-Qaeda, with a keen eye for the practical implementation of jihadi guerrilla warfare theories.
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About the Author
Brynjar Lia is a research professor at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). He is the author of several books on Islamism and terrorism, including Globalisation and the Future of Terrorism and A Police Force without a State: A History of the Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank and Gaza.
Table of Contents
How important is Abu Mus'ab al-Suri today?
Sources on al-Suri's life
Who is Abu Mus'ab al-Suri?
2. The Syrian Jihad
Turmoil and uprising
Joining the rebels
A jihadi in exile
The Hama debacle
In exile in Saudi Arabia
3. Exile in Europe
Between exile in France and the Syrian jihad
Al-Suri's first publication: 'The Islamic jihadi revolution in Syria'
The bombing of El Descanso restaurant in Madrid?
4. Afghanistan: Land of Holy War
The road to Afghanistan
From a Syrian to a global jihad
With Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden
Training and combat
From military instructor to jihadi intellectual
The rise of the Egyptian jihadi trend in Peshawar
Introducing 'A Global Islamic Resistance' concept
5. Behind Enemy Lines
Algeria: his next jihad
The GIA and al-Qaida in Sudan
A new Syrian jihad group?
The rise of an al-Qaida cell in Spain
6. A Media Jihadi in Londonistan 1994-97
In the service of the Algerian GIA
Bin Laden's media agent
Al-Suri's film on Channel 4
Facilitating CNN's bin Laden interview
With al-Quds al-Arabi in Tora Bora
Meeting the Financial Times
Suing the Arab world's largest newspaper
7. Companions, Rivals, Acquaintances
Abu Qutadah al-Filastini: a love-hate relationship
Muhammad Bahayah: life-long friend and companion
Taysir Allouni: a point of contact in al-Jazeera
Amir Azizi: a Moroccan aide and training associate?
Adil Abd al-Bari: a fellow jihadi journalist
Saad al-Faqih and Khalid al-Fawwaz: acquaintances inside the Saudi camp
Noman Benotman and the Libyan Islamic
8. In the Service of the Taleban
Taleban: the true Islamic emirate
The Afghan training camps
The al-Ghuraba training camp
Teaching jihadi terrorism
Moroccan jihadis, Abu Layth al-Libi and
Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi
Writer and journalist
Al-Suri and the al-Qaida leadership
A secessionist leader?
Weapons of mass destruction
The September 11 attacks
9. A Five Million Dollar al-Qaida Fugitive
New books, a reward, and global fame
His activities and whereabouts
Al-Suri, al-Zarqawi, and the Iraqi front
A message to the Europeans, July 2005
The capture of al-Suri
10. 'The Military Theory of The Global Islamic Resistance Call'