The Search for Al Qaeda by Bruce Riedel
Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future, Revised edition

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Al Qaeda is the most dangerous terrorist movement in history. Yet most people in the West know very little about it, or their view is clouded by misperceptions and half truths. This widely acclaimed book fills this gap with a comprehensive analysis of al Qaeda —the origins, leadership, ideology, and strategy of the terrorist network that brought down the Twin Towers and continues to threaten us today.

Bruce Riedel draws on decades of insider experience —he was actually in the White House during the September 11 attacks —in profiling the four most important figures in the al Qaeda movement: Usama bin Laden, ideologue and spokesman Ayman Zawahiri, former leader of al Qaeda in Iraq Abu Musaib al Zarqawi (killed in 2006), and Mullah Omar, its Taliban host. These profiles provide the base from which Riedel delivers a much clearer understanding of al Qaeda and its goals, as well as what must be done to counter
and defeat this most dangerous menace.


About Bruce Riedel

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Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He served in the U.S. intelligence community for nearly thirty years, and at the request of President Obama, he chaired an interagency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House that was completed in March 2009.
Published February 19, 2010 by Brookings Institution Press. 186 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Contrary to the insistence of President Bush and Dick Cheney, as parroted by the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, al-Qaida didn't go to war with the United States and the west because of a dislike of democracy and freedom, or because of western "decadence".

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