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Inside the Jihad: My Life with Al Qaeda: A Spy's Story

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ISBN13: 9780465023882
ISBN10: 0465023886
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Between 1994 and 2000, Omar Nasiri worked as a secret agent for Europe's top foreign intelligence services — including France's DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), and Britain's MI5 and MI6. From the netherworld of Islamist cells in Belgium, to the training camps of Afghanistan, to the radical mosques of London, he risked his life to defeat the emerging global network that the West would come to know as Al Qaeda.

Now, for the first time, Nasiri shares the story of his life — a life balanced precariously between the world of Islamic jihadists and the spies who pursue them. As an Arab and a Muslim, he was able to infiltrate the rigidly controlled Afghan training camps, where he encountered men who would later be known as the most-wanted terrorists on earth: Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, Abu Zubayda, and Abu Khabab al-Masri.

Sent back to Europe with instructions to form a sleeper cell, Nasiri became a conduit for messages going back and forth between Al Qaeda's top recruiter in Pakistan and London's radical cleric Abu Qatada. A gripping and provocative insider's account of both Islamist terror networks and the intelligence services that spy on them, Inside the Jihad offers a completely original perspective on the ongoing battle against Al Qaeda.

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"'Inside the Jihad' is the astonishing, well-told story of Omar Nasiri (a pseudonym), who penetrated al-Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s as a spy for France's intelligence services. Nasiri never met Osama bin Laden, nor did he hear anything about specific plots against the United States, but he was able to gather a wealth of knowledge about the terrorist training going on in Afghanistan.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"'Inside the Jihad' is the astonishing, well-told story of Omar Nasiri (a pseudonym), who penetrated al-Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s as a spy for France's intelligence services. Nasiri never met Osama bin Laden, nor did he hear anything about specific plots against the United States, but he was able to gather a wealth of knowledge about the terrorist training going on in Afghanistan.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Inside the Jihad is the astonishing, well-told story of Omar Nasiri (a pseudonym), who....was able to gather a wealth of knowledge about the terrorist training going on in Afghanistan." Peter L. Bergen, The Washington Post

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"A chillingly detailed portrait of life inside the Afghan training camps. Omar Nasiri's memoir offers a unique insider's perspective on the crucial years during which a loosely connected group of regional Islamist movements coalesced into Al Qaeda's global jihad." Ahmed Rashid, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Taliban

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"A terrific book. Omar Nasiri offers a groundbreaking account of the process by which young men became mujahidin. His description of life inside the Afghan training camps is more complete than any intelligence we had available to us in the 1990s....Nasiri's account has, I believe, no peer in the publications of the American intelligence community." Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror

Synopsis:

For the first time, a first person account of life inside the jihad

Synopsis:

A gripping and provocative insider's account of both Islamist terror networks and the intelligence services that spy on them, Inside the Jihad offers a completely original perspective on the ongoing battle against Al Qaeda.

From the netherworld of Islamist cells in Belgium, to the training camps of Afghanistan, to the radical mosques of London, Omar Nasiri risked his life to defeat the emerging global network that the West would come to know as Al Qaeda...

About the Author

Omar Nasiri (not his real name) was born in Morocco and currently resides in Germany with his wife.

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stevens_major, March 14, 2007 (view all comments by stevens_major)
Dear Sir,

please inform me WHERE and HOW could I contact the publisher of this book - we want to translate and publish this book IN Hungary -

Let me know the publisher or the authors
details, so I could contact them for the right
to publish this book.

Thank you for your help - Steve Major
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It is a truly fascinating book,provides the reader with unbelievable infos, and makes one feel ,he is getting a glimpse of the true picture of what really goes on behind the courtain that keeps the people of the world blessedly unaware of the truth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465023882
Subtitle:
My Life with Al Qaeda
Author:
Nasiri, Omar
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061120
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 22.20 oz

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Product details 368 pages Perseus Books Group - English 9780465023882 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Inside the Jihad is the astonishing, well-told story of Omar Nasiri (a pseudonym), who....was able to gather a wealth of knowledge about the terrorist training going on in Afghanistan."
"Review" by , "A chillingly detailed portrait of life inside the Afghan training camps. Omar Nasiri's memoir offers a unique insider's perspective on the crucial years during which a loosely connected group of regional Islamist movements coalesced into Al Qaeda's global jihad."
"Review" by , "A terrific book. Omar Nasiri offers a groundbreaking account of the process by which young men became mujahidin. His description of life inside the Afghan training camps is more complete than any intelligence we had available to us in the 1990s....Nasiri's account has, I believe, no peer in the publications of the American intelligence community." Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror
"Synopsis" by ,
For the first time, a first person account of life inside the jihad
"Synopsis" by , A gripping and provocative insider's account of both Islamist terror networks and the intelligence services that spy on them, Inside the Jihad offers a completely original perspective on the ongoing battle against Al Qaeda.

From the netherworld of Islamist cells in Belgium, to the training camps of Afghanistan, to the radical mosques of London, Omar Nasiri risked his life to defeat the emerging global network that the West would come to know as Al Qaeda...

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