Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond bin Laden and 9/11
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Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond bin Laden and 9/11

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President Obama may have delivered on his campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden, but as an Al-Qaeda strategist, bin Laden has been dead for years. This book introduces and examines the new generation of Al-Qaeda leaders who have been behind the most recent attacks.

Investigative journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad dedicated his life to revealing the strategies and inner worki...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Pluto Press
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Tariq Mahmood
I was slightly apprehensive before committing to this book. Will it be any good or will it be yet another clueless, pointless narration of platitudes normally coming out of Pakistani journalists? Maybe this book is only famous because of the mysterious death of its author, allegedly at the hands of the notorious ISI?

I needn't have worried, because as soon as I read the introduction to the book it became blatantly obvious that deceased Saleem Shahzad was very intimate with the workings of Al-Qai...more
Muhammad Ahmad
Some excellent first hand reporting in this book, but the analysis is rather weak, and the book could have really benefited from some good editing. It is at least 50 pages too long and highly repetitive. The accounts of operational level Al Qaida operators in fascinating, but Shahzad's attempt to weave their efforts in a supposed over-arching grand-strategy is unconvincing. He is also loose with his labels, frequently making no distinction between local insurgents and global jihadists. A fascina...more
Faisal  Buzdar
After reading this book, it becomes quite evident that Saleem Shahzad was a guy who knew too much. So much that it cost him his life. The book centers on the entrenchment of Al-Qaeda in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan and the strategies devised by it in the aftermath of 9/11. Saleem Shahzad provides a detailed account of the growing influence of the Arab militants among the Pashtuns living in the FATA. He also sheds light on the emergence of Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan (...more
Kamran syed
May 27, 2014 Kamran syed rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: None
Recommended to Kamran by: Myself
Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban was written by Saleem Shehzad who was killed by unknown assailants in 2010. The book is mainly based on the broader agenda of Al-Qaeda, who in the eyes of the writer are trying to conceive a pure Islamic kingdom on the earth based on the principles of Islam. The author depicts the story of Al-Qaeda as that of "One thousand and One night tales".
In my opinion, though the author has reached to Leaders or more specifically potential leaders but his logic is basically...more
Shannon Padden
The author is described as having been both a hostage and a guest of the Taliban and it is quite obvious from his writing that he has had far greater access to the minds behind these terrorist groups that any other authors I have read. Very interesting perspectives and I think a must read for anyone interested in this subject matter.
James Campbell
The background of this book and it's author peaked my interest, as well as the subject matter too. The author was abducted and murdered, but what everyone suspects were people affiliated with, or close to, the Taliban.

This is actually a very interesting read. It is basically a look at how the Taliban operate in the area of the conflict. You get to see how much control they truly do exert, and how difficult it is to try to fight against them.

There are many good maps to reference as well.

My only n...more
well ...after reading this book i feel the need to read and research more. the facts stated in this book are very unsettling...scary if truth be told. While on the other hand a lot of facts correlate with the events in the past five years. A very thought provoking and insightful book . Being critical i saw a lot of repetition and the chronology is out of sync throughout ...jumping along the timeline. The geographical references get confusing as well.To sum it up , amazingly well reearched full w...more
The book provides an in depth study of Al Qaeda and Taliban. A must read for all the players (NATO, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, etc) involved in the Afghan war. Actually it should be made mandatory for anyone involved in strategy making for Afpak. Although some of the chapters are repetitive. The author's untimely death is a big loss.
Muhammad Atif
Awesome factual report. The chronological order is a bit mixed up but if you are able to set that straight you will get the inside stuff on whats happening around you. Some facts were so scary i was wondering how the author wrote all this and expected no repercussion. Posthumous salute to Saleem.
Faisal Warraich
The book, whose writer was killed before first Edition. First book by a well-know and insider of Al-qaeda group. This is the book i finished with Tez-Gam speed (fastest train in Pakistan). I just turned the first page and then I cant put it down till the back hard cover.
An interesting hypothesis. But Shahzad's credibility is damaged by his inability to separate fact from fiction. He clearly had access to militants and to much information but he seems to have bought into some of the myths that they were selling.
Muhammad Syed
Feb 02, 2013 Muhammad Syed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
A great in depth report. Quality read. May Saleem Shahzad is granted the highest order in Jannah.
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