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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2013 - History - 352 pages
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A gripping account of how al-Qaeda in Yemen rebounded from an initial defeat to once again threaten the United States.

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.
  

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

User Review  - Levi - Goodreads

A great background history on AQAP. It goes into depth on it's main players, the factors that played into it's growth and how it interacted with US and Yemeni factors. It does drop off in the late ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Benjamin Ables - Goodreads

Gregory Johnsen's “The Last Refuge” presents a thorough but flowing examination of al-Qaeda in Yemen, from the group's formation and early operations to current status, capabilities, and members-at ... Read full review

Contents

a Faroff Land
3
the Next afghanistan
19
the Dogs of War
35
Faith and Wisdom
48
the Southern Job
65
allies
81
a New War
93
attrition
107
the next generation
189
the Great Escape
191
resurrecting alQaeda
206
Echoes ofBattles
220
the merger
235
targets
251
out of the Shadows
269
Principal Characters
289

Victory
119
Forgetting
133
rehab
135
a revolt in the North
148
prison Cells
160
policy Shift
176
Acknowledgments
295
Note on Sources and Transliteration
301
Notes
303
Index
333
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About the author (2013)

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.

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