Al Qaeda in Europe: the new battleground of international jihad
The July 2005 London bombings are yet another example of how Europe has emerged as one of the key battlegrounds in the global War on Terror. The region has become a critical 'ground zero' for Islamist terrorists, not only as a target but as a base of operations. The implications for the United States are tremendous: under existing law, for example, terrorists carrying European passports could easily enter the country. It is not a coincidence, in fact, that every attack planned or executed against the United States, including 9/11, has had strong European ties. This is the first book in English that dissects Islamic terrorism in Europe. The book fills a critical gap in the understanding of the new threats posed by Islamist terrorism. Vidino analyses the causes of this dangerous situation while providing an extensive historical overview of Islamic terrorist activities in Europe. The book shows how terrorists -- most of them native to the Continent -- raise money, communicate, and hide in plain sight in the suburbs of London, Paris, and Amsterdam. It presents with painful clarity the difficulties that law enforcement agencies world-wide have had in shutting terror cells down. Finally, the book describes three of the most important networks operating in Europe. Vidino analyses events such as the Madrid train bombings, the thwarted plot to attack various European capitals with chemical weapons, and the movements of hundreds of European Muslims who are joining terrorist groups in Iraq to fight U.S. forces. Vidino includes fascinating information taken from a dozen countries' original documentation (intelligence reports, indictments, court transcripts), plus transcripts of conversations among al Qaeda operatives that have been intercepted by intelligence agencies. "Al Qaeda in Europe" is authoritative, informative and written in a lively narrative that will captivate general readers, and become a valuable new resource for scholars and government officials.
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A handsome young Italian polyglot, Lorenzo Vidino is the rock star of counterterrorism... or so I like to think. Among his many gifts are an encyclopedic knowledge of Al Qaeda and the ability to take an absolutely daunting amount of data - enough names, dates, places, groups, known associates, and incidents to make one's head spin - and weave them into a coherent and gripping narrative. Some of the cat and mouse stuff that goes down between European intelligence agencies and members of terror cells is really amazing. While some of the jihadis are pretty dim, others are regular James al-Bonds, albeit low budget ones. More like MacGyvers, then. Anyway, fascinating stuff and the absolute best book on this particular subject.
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Very eye-opening and accessible read.
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