What Does Al-Qaeda Want?: Unedited Communiques (The Terra Nova Series)

What Does Al-Qaeda Want?: Unedited Communiques (The Terra Nova Series)


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In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, al-Qaeda has become the most infamous terrorist organization in history. While their actions are deplorable, it remains a populist and idealist movement—and one that continues to spread. Despite heavy media coverage, most people are unaware of the group's ultimate goals. Sampling from actual al-Qaeda texts, this is al-Qaeda in its own words, rather than another interpretation (which often emphasizes the inflammatory religious rhetoric) offered by the Bush administration and other factions of the Western world. Introductions and commentary provide the historical context necessary to understand fully the interconnection between the religious, social, and political issues that led to the emergence of Osama bin Laden and his jihad against the West. These primary sources enable readers to discern the fundamental convictions underlying the group's demands, and help answer the question, "What does al Qaeda want?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556435485
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 12/15/2004
Series: Terra Nova Series
Pages: 101
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Robert O. Marlin IV is a Ph.D. candidate in Borderlands Studies at the University of Houston, where he specializes in twentieth-century Latin American, Texan, and Southwestern history. Marlin has been widely published and writes on subjects that include the death penalty, Texas-Mexico border concerns, and parole reform. His interest in editing this book on al-Qaeda stemps from a commitment to supplying primary documents to scholars and others interested in the topic. Marlin works at the University of Houston Libraries and lives in Houston, Texas.

Read an Excerpt

"The history, culture, and body of beliefs from which Bin Laden has shaped and spread his message are largely unknown to many Americans."
- from The 9/11 Commission Report

Table of Contents

1Declaration of Jihad, August 23, 19961
2Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, February 23, 199818
3World's Most Wanted Terrorist: An Interview with Osama bin Laden, January 2, 199922
4Bin Laden's Warning, October 7, 200131
5Osama bin Laden Rails Against the United States and the United Nations, November 3, 200133
6Osama bin Laden Claims to Possess Nuclear Weapons, November 9, 200139
7"What Happened to America Was Natural," May 200244
8"We Will Target the Nodes of Your Economy," October 5, 200248
9"America Must Leave the Lands of Islam," October 8, 200249
10Bin Laden Warns U.S. and Allies: "As You Kill, So Shall Ye Be Killed," November 12, 200252
11Bin Laden's "Letter to America," November 24, 200256
12Transcript of bin Laden Video, February 12, 200374
13Text of al-Zarqawi Message Threatening More Attacks, April 6, 200478
Suggested Further Readings95
Online Resources97
About the Editor101

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