The Triple Agent: The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA

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Random House Incorporated, 2012 - Political Science - 252 pages
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In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Afghanistan to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian who had infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, al-Balawi detonated a thirty-pound bomb, instantly killing seven CIA operatives and giving the agency its worst loss of life in decades.
 
Now, with breathless momentum and rare inside access, Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Joby Warrick takes us deep inside the CIA's war against al-Qaeda for an unforgettable portrait of both Humam Khalil al-Balawi and the veteran agents whose fierce desire to avenge 9/11 led to a terrible miscalculation.
 

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

Good book, excellent narrator (for audiobook). Interesting story about the triple agent who blew up 9 US officers but I kinda thought it was a bit lightweight. Author did go into the backgrounds of ... Read full review

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User Review  - TomMcGreevy - LibraryThing

A very well written and plausible account of the CIA campaign against al-Qaeda in Pakistan focussing ultimately on the suicide bombing in Khost. What stands out is the clarity of the telling. Equally ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Obsession
9
Haunted
20
The Doctor
28
Humiliation
41
The Informant
50
Targets
62
The Jihadist
75
The Double Agent
126
Rehearsal
139
The Triple Agent
150
No God but God
162
Fallen
178
Memorial Day
195
Acknowledgments
219
3
243

Pressure
89
Chief
98

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JOBY WARRICK covers intelligence for the Washington Post, where he has been a reporter since 1996. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has appeared on CNN, Fox, and PBS.

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