The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family

The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family

by Nelly Lahoud
The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family

The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family

by Nelly Lahoud

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Overview

An inside look at al-Qaeda from 9/11 to the death of its founder—told through the words of Bin Laden and his closest circle
 
As seen on 60 Minutes
 
“A comprehensive, meticulously constructed and eye-opening look at bin Laden as husband, father and leader-in-hiding. . . . An engaging and persuasive read.”—Karen J. Greenberg, Washington Post

 
“Never less than gripping. . . . [Offers] an extraordinary insight into the inner workings of al-Qaeda, both before and after 9/11, and lays bare the terrorist organisation’s closely guarded plans, ambitions and frustrations.”—Saul David, Sunday Telegraph
 
Usama Bin Laden’s greatest fear was not capture or death but the exposure of al-Qaeda’s secrets. At great risk to themselves and the entire mission, the U.S. Special Operations Forces, who carried out the Abbottabad raid that killed Bin Laden, took an additional eighteen minutes to collect Bin Laden’s hard drives and thereby expose al-Qaeda’s secrets.
 
In this groundbreaking book, Nelly Lahoud dives into Bin Laden’s files and meticulously distills the nearly 6,000 pages of Arabic private communications. For the first time, al-Qaeda’s closely guarded secrets are laid bare, shattering misconceptions and revealing how and what Bin Laden communicated with his associates, his plans for future attacks, and al-Qaeda’s hostility toward countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan. Lahoud presents firsthand accounts of al-Qaeda from 9/11 until the elimination of Bin Laden, in his own words and those of his family and closest associates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300260632
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/12/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 462,885
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Nelly Lahoud is associate professor of security studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at U.S. Army War College. She is also a senior fellow in New America’s International Security program. She is the author of three books, including The Jihadis’ Path to Self-Destruction.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments x

Prologue Eighteen Minutes 1

Introduction 3

Part I "Afflicted" Al-Qaeda (2001-2011)

1 "The Birth of the Idea" 15

2 Jihadis Between Borders 39

3 Global Jihad on Autopilot 54

4 Al-Qaeda "Hides" 78

5 The "Calamity" 99

6 The "Americans" 123

Part II The Rise of the "Brothers" (2004-2011)

7 Some "Brothers" Are More Brotherly Than Others 147

Part III The Family

8 The "First Martyr" 201

9 The Escapes 219

10 The Final Chapter 246

11 The Real Courier 268

Epilogue 282

Appendix 1 Usama bin Laden's Will 288

Appendix 2 Dramatis Personae 291

Endnotes 306

Glossary of Arabic Terms 334

Bibliography 337

Index 351

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