Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

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Potomac Books, Inc., Apr 30, 2011 - Religion - 224 pages
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They are Americans, and they are mujahideen. Hundreds of men from every imaginable background have walked away from the traditional American dream to volunteer for battle in the name of Islam. Some have taken part in foreign wars that aligned with U.S. interests while others have carried out violence against Western interests abroad, fought against the U.S. military, and even plotted terrorist attacks on American soil. This story plays out over decades and continents: from the Americans who took part in the siege of Mecca in 1979 through conflicts in Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Bosnia, and continuing today in Afghanistan and Somalia.

Investigative journalist J. M. Berger profiles numerous fighters, including some who joined al Qaeda and others who chose a different path. In these pages he portrays, among others, Abdullah Rashid, who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan; Mohammed Loay Bayazid, who was present at the founding of al Qaeda; Ismail Royer, who fought in Bosnia and Kashmir, then returned to run training camps in the United States; Adam Gadahn, a California Jew who is now al Qaeda's chief spokesman; and Anwar Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam with links to 9/11 who is now considered one of the biggest threats to America's security.

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Review: Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

User Review  - Alyssa - Goodreads

This was a good book that looked at a very academic topic in a non-academic way. It was a good source of examples of what can really happen in America and allows the reader to realize that jihads are ... Read full review

Review: Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

User Review  - Gina Long - Goodreads

Short but to the point. The author writes like a true journalist -- he clearly identifies proof and speculation alike, and clearly lists conclusions as his own. Why do Americans attempt acts of ... Read full review


1 The Early Years
2 Al Qaedas Americans
3 The Death Dealers
4 Project Bosnia
5 Rebuilding the Network
6 War on America
7 The Rise of Anwar Awlaki
8 Scenes from September 11
10 A Diverse Threat
11 The Keyboard and the Sword
12 The Future of American Jihad
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About the Author

9 The Descent of Anwar Awlaki

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J. M. Berger is an investigative journalist working on television documentaries about al Qaeda and the global foreign fighter (mujahideen) phenomenon. Berger recently completed work on a documentary about America's role in the Bosnian civil war, which premiered on European television in 2010. His previous work includes the 2006 National Geographic documentary Triple Cross, about an American al Qaeda operative who infiltrated the Army and FBI. He runs the investigative journalism website Intelwire.com from his office in the greater Boston area.

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