By Jason Burke
To such a lot within the West, 'al-Qaeda' is obvious as a byword for terror: a perilous, hugely organised fanatical team masterminded via Osama bin encumbered. yet does this inform the entire truth?
Prize-winning journalist Jason Burke has spent a decade reporting from the center of the center East and gaining extraordinary entry to the realm of radical Islam. Now, drawing on his frontline event of contemporary occasions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on mystery files and superb interviews with intelligence officials, militants, mujahideen commanders and bin Laden's affiliates, he unearths the entire tale of al-Qaeda - and demolishes the myths that underpin the 'war on terror'.
Burke demonstrates that during truth 'al-Qaeda' is basically a handy label utilized by means of the West to a miles broader - and hence extra risky - phenomenon of Islamic militancy, and exhibits how removing a unmarried determine or team will do not anything to strive against terrorism. purely by means of figuring out the real, complicated nature of al-Qaeda, he argues, will we handle the genuine matters surrounding our protection today.
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