The Algerian Islamist Abdullah Anas, 'perhaps the greatest warrior of the Afghan Arabs', fought the Soviet Union for a decade. As one of the earliest Arabs to join the Afghan jihad, he counted as brothers-in-arms the future icons of Al-Qaeda's global war, from Abdullah Azzam to Osama bin Laden to Omar Abdel-Rahman, and befriended key Afghan jihadi figures such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir.
To the Mountains is an intimate portrait of this brutal war, tracing Anas's involvement in the conflict, as well as his experiences of the Algerian civil war (1992-8) and his sojourn in 'Londonistan'. Brushing shoulders with everyone from Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi to Jalaluddin Haqqani, Anas opted for his own independent route, seeking to persuade the Afghan Arabs that they should not be distracted by attacks on the West. Paradoxically, he remains committed to the broader Islamist movement, believing that jihad will continue till the end of time, yet has also spent years talking to the Taliban, seeking to build a lasting peace in Afghanistan. This is his story.
Co-written with investigative journalist Tam Hussein, Anas's memoir will doubtless become a seminal primary source on the rise of global jihadism.
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About the Author
Abdullah Anas is an Algerian politician-in-exile and former member of the mujahideen who fought alongside bin Laden before falling out with the Al-Qaeda leader over his plans for a global jihad. He lives in London, having gained political asylum. Tam Hussein is an award-winning investigative journalist and writer who has reported on UK jihadi networks and British foreign fighters in Syria.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Part I The Road To Afghanistan
1 From Whence I Came 9
2 On the Road to Afghanistan 25
3 The Road to Sholgara near Mazar Sharif 41
Part II Massoud And Me
4 In Search of Massoud 61
5 Into Battle with Massoud 69
6 My First Battle with Massoud 75
7 Hekmatyar 83
8 Politicking in Peshawar and the Entry of Extremists 97
9 The Broken Truce 103
10 When Kabul Fell, My World Fell 115
11 Power and Its Bitter Fruits 129
Part III The Arab Services Bureau
12 The Establishment of the Arab Services Bureau 141
13 The Early Arabs 155
14 The Inner Circle 163
15 Inner of the Inner Circle 171
16 Assassination 187
Part IV Into The Wilderness And Return To The Mountains
17 Into the Wilderness 215
18 Peshawar 231
19 To the Mountains 245