Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaida Strategist Abu Musʻab Al-Suri

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Columbia University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 510 pages
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Introduction -- Sources on al-Suri's life -- Who is Abu Mus'ab al-Suri? -- The Syrian jihad -- Turmoil and uprising -- Joining the rebels -- A jihadi in exile -- The Hama debacle -- In exile in Saudi Arabia -- Exile in Europe -- Between exile in France and the Syrian jihad -- In Andalus -- Al-Suri's first publication: 'The Islamic jihadi revolution in Syria' -- The bombing of El Descanso restaurant in Madrid? -- Afghanistan: land of holy war -- The road to Afghanistan -- From a Syrian to a global jihad -- With Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden -- Training and combat -- From military instructor to jihadi intellectual -- The rise of the Egyptian jihadi trend in Peshawar -- Introducing 'a global islamic resistance' concept -- Leaving Peshawar -- Behind enemy lines -- Algeria: his next jihad -- The GIA and al-Qaida in Sudan -- A new Syrian jihad group? -- The rise of an al-Qaida cell in Spain -- A media jihadi in Londonistan 1994-97 -- In the service of the Algerian GIA -- Bin Laden's media agent -- Al-Suri's film on Channel 4 -- Facilitating CNN's Bin Laden interview -- With al-Quds al-Arabi in Tora Bora -- Meeting the Financial Times -- Suing the Arab world's largest newspaper -- Companions, rivals, acquaintances -- Abu Qutadah al-Filastini: a love-hate relationship -- Muhammad Bahayah: life-long friend and companion -- Taysir Allouni: a point of contact in al-Jazeera -- Amir Azizi: a Moroccan aide and training associate? -- Adil Abd al-Bari: a fellow jihadi journalist -- Saad al-Faqih and Khalid al-Fawwaz: acquaintances inside the Saudi camp -- Noman Benotman and the Libyan Islamic fighting group -- In the service of the taleban -- Leaving Londonistan -- Taleban: the true Islamic emirate -- The Afghan training camps -- The ghuraba training camp -- Teaching jihadi terrorism -- Moroccan jihadis, Abu Layth al-Libi and Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi -- Writer and journalist -- Al-Suri and the al-Qaida leadership -- A secessionist leader? -- Weapons of mass destruction -- The September 11th attacks -- A 5 million dollar al-Qaida fugitive -- New books, a reward, and global fame -- His activities and whereabouts -- Al-Suri, al-Zarqawi, and the Iraqi front -- Masterminding terror? -- A message to the Europeans, july 2005 -- Al-Suri's testament -- The capture of al-Suri -- 'The global islamic resistance call' (key excerpts) -- Bibliography and sources -- Jihadi online sources in Arabic -- Abu Mus'ab publications, compilations -- Abu Mus'ab's lectures, speeches and interviews -- Abu Mus 'ab al-Suri's books and booklets -- Selected communiques and articles -- Miscellaneous -- Abu Mus'ab al-Suri's official and unofficial websites -- Selected list of relevant jihadi websites, 2005-2006 -- English translations of excerpts of al-Suri's writings -- Court and police documents -- Al-Qaida documents reportedly uncovered in Afghanistan -- Selected reports by the Comisin parlamentaria de investigacin del 11-m -- Interviews -- Islamists -- Journalists and researchers -- Investigators and counterterrorism analysts -- Books and articles

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Brynjar Lia is a research professor at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). A former Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, he is the author of several books on Islamism and terrorism.

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