BRUCE RIEDEL is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. A frequent media contributor on terrorism and national security, he served in the CIA for nearly thirty years, advising three U.S. Presidents as a senior adviser on Middle East and South Asian issues in the White House.
THE SEARCH FOR AL QAEDA
ITS LEADERSHIP, IDEOLOGY, AND FUTURE
QAEDA is the most dangerous terrorist network in history. Its charismatic and elusive leader, Osama bin Laden, has been Public Enemy Number One since the horrific attacks of September 11, while its presence in Iraq and Afghanistan remains among the most problematic aspects of those wars. Yet most people outside the Middle East know very little about al Qaeda. If the first rule of war is to know your enemy, then Western democracies have a long way to go. Bruce Riedel fills the breach with a comprehensive analysis of al Qaeda, illuminating the origins, leadership, ideology, vulnerabilities, and strategy of the terrorist network that brought down the Twin Towers and continues to threaten us today.
Bruce Riedel brings thirty years of intelligence and policymaking experience to his task. He was in the White House during the 9/11 attacks, serving as special assistant to the president on Near Eastern Affairs. He draws on this insider experience in profiling the most important figures in the al Qaeda network: bin Laden; Ayman Zawahiri, its Egyptian co-leader and principal ideologue; Abu Musaib al Zarqawi, leader of al Qeda in Iraq until his death in 2006; and Mullah Omar, its Taliban host. These biographical profiles provide the base from which Riedel delivers a clear understanding of al Qaeda and what must be done to counter it. The Search for a! Qaeda analyzes the creation and development of the terror network, presenting authoritative and chilling background on the "Manhattan Raid" of September II, but then switches focus to what has happened since that awful day. Riedel outlines al Qaeda’s ultimate goals: to drive America out of the Muslim world, to destroy Israel, and to create a new jihadist super state. The biographies and subsequent analysis reveal the terrorist& multi-pronged strategy for accomplishing goals, including their desire to build a safe haven in nuclear-armed Pakistan. The book concludes with a strategy for dealing with and defeating this most dangerous menace.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS