Synopses & Reviews
"Meticulously researched debut" - Publishers Weekly
"An excellent source for anyone interested in the region." - New York Journal of Books
"Brothers in Arms sheds a clear and indispensableif troublinglight on a religious war that is far from over."Michael F. Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit and professor of security studies, Georgetown University
"Camille Tawil delivers a carefully reported assessment of al Qaeda and its affiliated Arab jihadist groups."Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.
Since 2001 America's War on Terror has achieved what Osama bin Laden could not: the unification of the jihad under al-Qa'ida's banner. Although today al-Qa'ida is seen as the epitome of jihad, when it first emerged other militant Islamists rejected its vision of a holy war against the West.
Investigative journalist Camille Tawil charts the history of conflict and complicity between al-Qa'ida and its brothers in arms from the late 1980s to the present day. Drawing on a network of contacts in Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Algeria's Armed Islamic Group, and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, he shows how the failure of their separate national struggles brought them increasingly under the influence of Osama bin Laden and his global agenda.
From prison cells in Morocco to the caves of Tora Bora, Tawil gives us unique access to the key players behind the jihadist movement and the evolution of its violent ideology.
Born in 1965, Camille Tawil is a Lebanese writer and investigative journalist. He has covered Islamic militant groups for al-Hayat Arabic daily in London since the early 1990s.
"Tawil draws heavily from his extensive contacts within the Islamic militant world for his meticulously researched debut. The origins of al-Qa'ida, Tawil notes, lay not in George W. Bush and the War on Terror, but 'in the Afghan quagmire of the 1980s and America's own support for the mujahidin in their conflict with Russia.' Tamil extensively catalogs the various Islamic militant groups, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Algeria's Armed Islamic Group, and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and includes excerpts from interviews with their leaders that detail both the chilling philosophy and the ordinary concerns of militants; moments such as these are the most arresting element and will be of special interest to those familiar with the players and history. A flurry of names and facts and the omission of 9/11, however, renders Tawil's effort an unlikely choice for readers seeking an introductory-level text. Tawil is a journalist and reports with authority, but he is not a natural story-teller; despite the promised 'story' of his subtitle, a desert-dry tone will have casual readers fighting to connect. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Examines the evolution in ideology of al-Qaida and fellow Arab jihadi groups since the late 1980s up to today.
About the Author
Camille Tawil: Born in 1965, Camille Tawil is a Lebanese writer and investigative journalist. He has covered Islamic militant groups for al-Hayat Arabic daily in London since the early 1990s. His blog is http://camilletawil.blogspot.com/.
Robin Bray: Robin Bray is a freelance translator based in London. His previous work includes the novels Addama by Turki al-Hamad and A Love Story by Ghazi Algosaibi (both Saqi), and Thura’s Diary by Thura al-Windawi (Penguin).