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Architect of Global Jihad The Life of Al Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri

ISBN-10: 023170030X

ISBN-13: 9780231700306

Edition: 2007

Authors: Brynjar Lia

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Despite his alleged capture in Pakistan in late 2005, Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, a Syrian originally known as Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, remains a potent political and ideological figure. One of the foremost theoreticians of the global jihadist movement, al-Suri trained a generation of young jihadis at al-Qaeda's Afghan camps and helped to establish the organization's vast European networks. Having gained extensive military experience fighting in the Syrian Islamist insurgency of the early 1980s, he helped to shape al-Qaeda's global strategy in a series of writings, including his influential Global Islamic Call. In that 1,600 page book, al-Suri outlined a broad strategy for al-Qaeda's younger generation to follow and described practical ways to implement the theories and tactics of jihadi guerrilla warfare. Architect of Global Jihadis a biography of this powerful, charismatic, and prophetic individual. Examining not only the life of Al-Suri but also the world that gave rise to him, Brynjar Lia reveals al-Suri's skill for maximizing the political impact of jihadi violence. Lia provides the first and only English translation of two key chapters from al-Suri's Global Islamic Calland exposes his methods for building successful, autonomous cells for "individualized terrorism." Al-Suri's words have inspired thousands of today's militants, making Lia's carefully researched, detailed portrait required reading for students and specialists of Islamist movements and the study of contemporary forms of terrorism.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note
Introduction
How important is Abu Mus'ab-al-Suri today?
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 fellowjihadi 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
Index