Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad

Front Cover
Prometheus Books, 2006 - Political Science - 403 pages
1 Review
Vidino has produced an invaluable exposť of Al Qaeda's roots and tentacles in Europe and the threats that result from them. -Scott Newark, Former Crown Prosecutor, Executive Director of the Canadian Police AssociationAl Qaeda in Europe is an impressive work that provides detailed analysis on what is now Europe's most important security problem -Klaus Gruenewald, former head of Germany's security servicesThe 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.Al Qaeda in Europe is the first book in English that dissects Islamist terrorism in Europe. Written by Lorenzo Vidino, European expert at The Investigative Project-a Washington, D.C.-based counterterrorism institute and America's largest private data-gathering center on militant Islamic activities-Al Qaeda in Europe fills a critical gap in the understanding of the new threats posed by Islamist terrorism.Vidino analyzes the causes of this dangerous situation while providing an extensive historical overview of Islamist 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 also presents with painful clarity the difficulties that law enforcement agencies worldwide have had in shutting down terror cells. Finally, the book describes three of the most important networks operating in Europe. Vidino analyzes 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.Lorenzo Vidino (Washington, D.C.) is widely recognized as an expert on terrorism in Europe. In March and April 2005, he testified before Congress on the subject, and he frequently consults for the U.S. government on terror-related issues. He regularly appears on television, including The NBC Nightly News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and European and Middle Eastern channels. He holds a law degree and speaks five languages.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - badgenome - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
15
Profiling al Qaeda in Europe
23
Life among the Infidels
71
Europes Tied Hands
103
The Algerian Network and Its Origins
135
The Ricin Plot
171
Chechnya Land of the Forgotten Jihad
201
The Islamic Cultural Institute of Milan
215
From Afghanistan to Iraq Through Europe
233
The Iraqi Jihad
263
MADRID VAN GOGH
289
The Van Gogh Assassination
337
Testimony of Lorenzo Vidino
367
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Lorenzo Vidino (Washington, D.C.) is widely recognized as an expert on terrorism in Europe. In March and April 2005, he testified before Congress on the subject, and he frequently consults for the U.S. government on terror-related issues. He regularly appears on television, including The NBC Nightly News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and European and Middle Eastern channels. He holds a law degree and speaks five languages.

Bibliographic information