Worked in the Services Bureau with Osama bin Laden and Jamal Khalifa. Some had experienced brutal repression; some were simply drawn to bloody chaos. The celebration took place not long after a pair of Qaeda suicide bombers, riding in a tiny boat filled with explosives, nearly sank the billion-dollar guided missile destroyer Cole. Soufan ran to the bathroom and retched. Just got back from the National History Bee.
She is living with her family in Yemen. She asked for a divorce in 1996 and now lives in Saudi Arabia. The Looming Tower broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: Afghan Pashtun commander during the anti-Soviet jihad who initiated the Afghan civil war in 1992. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
These groups, the third tier, pose a formidable problem for intelligence organizations, since they are often invisible in the societies in which they are formed, and yet the damage they might inflict is somewhat curtailed by their lack of training. Below this second tier of al-Qaeda, there are a number of ad hoc, freelance groups that identify with the organization but may not have any actual relation to al-Qaeda; i. I also spoke a very rusty Cairene Arabic. Currently in the witness protection program somewhere in the United States. All these movements are different, of course, except that the most extreme of movements tend to be honest about their goals. Qutb develops intensely anti-American views while living in the United States and influences later generations of extremist thinkers.
Became head of Saudi intelligence, where he held the Afghan file during the jihad against the Soviets. There is also a portrait of , from his childhood in Egypt to his participation in and later leadership of to his merging of his organization with Al Qaeda. Christianity started out as a Jewish sect and I think they went back to the earliest Jewish traditions on the subject. A: Al-Qaeda has already split into several distinct branches. He may be Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi, a former Egyptian military officer.
As a result, the hijackers remained in the country unobserved, and the attacks proceeded. Osama bin Laden: Born in Riyadh in January 1958; became a fund-raiser for the Afghan jihad after the Soviet invasion in 1979; founded al-Qaeda in 1988. Though Wright makes no policy recommendations, he shows that—contrary to the flawed assertions of some analysts—personalities matter, and a small group of people can profoundly change the course of history. Who knew, for instance, that bin Laden, far from being a warrior-stoic fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, was actually a pathetic stick-in-the-mud who would fall ill before battle? In and out of confinement since then, he now lives at home in Khartoum. The richness of its new information, and the depth of its perceptions, can help us deal more wisely and effectively with the continuing terrorist threat. The book traces two major narratives, the development of Islamist extremist ideology culminating in the creation of al-Qaeda and the failed efforts of U.
My friend Craig Rullman frequently points out that when Islamists say they are going to do something, they do it. Wild prey animals almost all have horns, antlers, tusks, or hooves, and have no qualms about using them whenever necessary! His daughter Hoda married Khaled al-Mihdhar. The most gut-wrenching scenes are the ones that show F. Ahmed Ressam: Algerian who trained in al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan; captured in December 1999 as he tried to enter the United States from Canada carrying a load of explosives in his trunk. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. One well-placed bullet by an angry citizen would have likely saved a lot of lives in Orlando.
His family is from Yemen, but he grew up in Saudi Arabia, where he knew bin Laden. It is a sad story every American should know. He attended the January 2000 meeting in Malaysia and entered the United States on January 15, 2001. The dynamic between them was irreconcilable and self-destructive, but events were moving so quickly that it was almost impossible to tell the philosophers from the sociopaths. I thought that, whether he was a hero or a disgrace, he was a pivotal figure.
Though his American travels radicalized Qutb, his most significant experience was imprisonment under Gamal Abdel Nasser's Egyptian regime. . Their bureaucratic quarrels were legendary. Wright's book draws a clear line from the British presence in Egypt during the second world war to the rise of the Oil state in the Middle East in the 70's to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the first Gulf War, Black Hawk Down, the bombing of the U. Turki al-Faisal: Born February 15, 1945, youngest son of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz.