The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

by Gregory D. Johnsen

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The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia by Gregory D. Johnsen

“The best new book on al Qaeda . . . and the best book on Yemen in years.”—Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast
Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia.The Last Refuge charts the rise, fall, and resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen over the last thirty years, detailing how a group that the United States once defeated has now become one of the world’s most dangerous threats. An expert on Yemen who has spent years on the ground there, Gregory D. Johnsen uses al-Qaeda’s Arabic battle notes to reconstruct their world as they take aim at the United States and its allies. Johnsen brings readers in-side al-Qaeda’s training camps and safe houses as the terrorists plot poison attacks and debate how to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day. The Last Refuge is an eye-opening look at the successes and failures of fighting a new type of war in one of the most turbulent countries in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349979
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 709,510
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is a PhD candidate at Princeton University and the Michael Hastings National Security Fellow at BuzzFeed. A frequent guest on NPR, he has contributed essays to the New York Times. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Table of Contents

Map of Yemen ix

Prologue xi

I Rise and Fall

1 A Far-Off Land 3

2 The Next Afghanistan 19

3 The Dogs of War 35

4 Faith and Wisdom 48

5 The Southern Job 65

6 Allies 81

7 A New War 93

8 Attrition 107

9 Victory 119

II Forgetting

10 Rehab 135

11 A Revolt in the North 148

12 Prison Cells 160

13 Policy Shift 176

III The Next Generation

14 The Great Escape 191

15 Resurrecting al-Qaeda 206

16 Echoes of Battles 220

17 The Merger 235

18 Targets 251

19 Out of the Shadows 269

Principal Characters 289

Acknowledgments 295

Note on Sources and Transliteration 301

Notes 303

Index 333

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