Al-Qaeda: In Search of the Terror Network that Threatens the World

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Nation Books, Oct 2, 2003 - Political Science - 296 pages
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The late 1990s saw a number of attacks against American military and governmental offices, most notably the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa in 1998. On 11 September 2001, the scale of this conflict changed dramatically. As in 1998, the terrorist group responsible for this devastating campaign was Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, a loose network of extremists, many of whom are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their cause—the promotion of a militant form of Islam and the destruction of the West. Award-winning international journalist Jane Corbin reports from an unmuzzled European perspective and her account of Operation Anaconda and the U.S. assault on Tora Bora differs greatly from the highly varnished Pentagon and State Department versions. Based on a number of trips she has made to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of September 11, and on dozens of interviews with key eyewitnesses, investigators, and intelligence officers in the region, Corbin shows that al-Qaeda have not been “smoked out.”
 

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Contents

The Dark Defile
14
Terror Incorporated
26
War Against America
41
The Exile
54
The Innocents
72
The Sleeping Giant
86
September 11
105
The Egyptian
113
The Muscle Arrives
212
Countdown to Zero Hour
227
The Last Night
237
WAR ON TERROR
247
Draining the Swamp
249
The Road to Tora Bora
263
The Tentacles of Terror
274
Operation Anaconda
289

Between Two Worlds
125
The Hamburg Cell
145
Deadly Lessons
157
Below the Radar
171
Targets
184
The European Connection
197
AlQaeda Strikes Back
311
Where Is Bin Laden?
332
New Battlegrounds
353
Epilogue
376
Acknowledgments
380
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Jane Corbin is an award-winning senior reporter for the BBC’s flagship current affairs program Panorama, and has covered major news stories around the world. In recent years she has made a specialty of studying the growth of terror movements, particularly in the Middle East. Following the September 11 atrocities her Panorama Special ‘Towards the Zero Hour’ revealed how the hijackers plotted their attacks.

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