Al Qaeda in Europe: the new battleground of international jihad

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Prometheus Books, 2006 - Political Science - 403 pages
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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 ... Read full review



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Steven Emerson is Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence and data-gathering center in the world on militant Islamic activities. He is also an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in Islamic terrorism. His 1994 documentary, "Jihad in America," won the George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Investigative Reporters and Editors' Award for best national investigation into criminal activity. His previous books include "The Fall of Pan Am 103, " co-authored with Brian Duffy (1990), and "Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West, " co-authored with Cristina del Sesto (1991). His articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, " and "The New Republic." From 1986 to 1990 he was the national security correspondent for "U.S. News & World Report, " and from 1990 to 1993 he worked for CNN, until leaving to work on his documentary.

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