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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
A brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of US imperialism.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Pluto Press (first published May 15th 2011)
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Tariq Mahmood
Sep 28, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it
Shelves: pakistan, terrorism
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
Mar 06, 2014 Jibran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-politics
Saleem Shahzad was brutally murdered when he was investigating new generation of Al-Qaeda leaders and their modus operandi in Pakistan and abroad. People in the know and those who were close to the journalist laid blame on the hawks in Pakistani military who were not happy with Shahzad’s investigations. He was perhaps about to uncover some unpalatable truths about Al-Qaeda’s links with some elements of Pakistani military, and for that he payed for his life.

This view is lent credence by the fact
ahmad  afridi
May 21, 2016 ahmad afridi rated it really liked it
being in a region effected by worst militancy it was natural for me to take interest in these affairs . in order to understand the state of affairs i became a regular reader of Op-Eds and research journalist of Af-Pak region .that helped me to understand taliban and other non state actors but there was always a piece missing in the jigsaw , role of Al-qaida amidst taliban , different local warlords as well as foreign fighters . this book helped me alot and would recommend to anyone interested in ...more
Asad Saleem
Oct 28, 2014 Asad Saleem rated it liked it
A must read for anyone who wants to gain an insight on the complex realities and events unfolding in the present "Theater of War". And To have the answer to one of the burning question of our time, What plays an impetus for a Radical, who claims to pledge an allegiance to the flag of Islam, to trigger a suicide bomber and kills thousands in a mosque worshiping for that very same Islam.

Jan 09, 2015 Jayantika rated it liked it
The book is great and is full of undisclosed facts. It gives great insights on how Al-Qaeda has survived even after a head-on collision with the US, the death of Bin Laden etc. It also presents some interesting findings on the Mumbai attack of 26/11.
However, I felt at some point that the author is sympathetic towards Major Haroon, one of the key players in the Mumbai attack, but the author also disapproves of the meaningless attacks on civilians. Though throughout the author refrains from passi
Anastasia Alén
Sep 14, 2016 Anastasia Alén rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Tosi mielenkiintoinen teos, joka kertoo kattavasti Talebanista, al- Qaidasta ja kentän eri pelaajista: al-Qaidan alliansseista, NATO, Pakistan, Afganistan, Yhdyvallat, Venäjä, Aasia, eri maiden tiedustelupalvelut...

Mistä en ehkä tykännyt oli että kirja ei ollut parhaalla tavalla rakennettu (tosin ymmärrän kirjoittajan tilanteen, oli tärkeämpää saada tieto ulos kuin keskittyä yksityiskohtiin). Arvostan tosi paljon tutkivaa journalismia ja toimittajia, jotka vaarantaa henkensä asioiden selvittämis
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
Umair Hashmi
amazing, super and dangerous book, in the time when Pakistan is fighting with militants, and the Pakistani Mil establishment shut down every piece of info , which shows the fear of Mil Establishment.

one should read it, if he wants to understand the AfPak war theater, Pakistan Mil Establishment and its War game.
Faisal Warraich
Jun 23, 2011 Faisal Warraich rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 22, 2017 Rizwan rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt that this book is a great accomplishment of the author, Syed Saleem Shehzad, a renowned Pakistani investigative journalist who was murdered in 2011.

For me, this book is a missing link on what exactly happened after the US-led coalition forces vindicated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda when they invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and re-emerged in 2006 to launch a new wave of terrorist activities in Afghanistan against the NATO forces and how it firmly established itself in the most geograph
Waseem Arshad
Mar 24, 2017 Waseem Arshad rated it really liked it
an incisive study in the jihadist network and pakistan's quagmire. ..
Faisal  Buzdar
Feb 05, 2014 Faisal Buzdar rated it liked it
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
Mansoor Azam
Apr 06, 2015 Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it
The four stars I gave might be misleading but the level of investigating journalism Saleem Shehzad produced specially considering his environments this one surely deserves four.

there are major issues as far as the quality of the book is concerned and which will disappoint readers. for starters the whole book is littered with repititions. You read a thing and then after a dozen pages it comes up again and spoils the mood. the writing style is not in the plains of lucidity rather narration gives
Kamran syed
Apr 24, 2014 Kamran syed rated it did not like it
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
Oct 30, 2012 Faisal rated it really liked it
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
James Campbell
Jan 08, 2013 James Campbell rated it liked it
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
Muhammad Atif
Jul 18, 2011 Muhammad Atif rated it it was amazing
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.
Shannon Ellsworth
Jul 01, 2014 Shannon Ellsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 29, 2013 Asim rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 12, 2012 Shayan rated it liked it
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.
Fawad Bukhari
Jan 22, 2016 Fawad Bukhari rated it really liked it
Very informative it will open up ur mind whats exactly the complexity and real background of afghanistan war! Author efforts are evident but i just feel many things are repeated again and Again but definately worth reading!
Tapani Aulu
Asiaan perehtymättömälle tämä ei paljon anna. Valtava vyörytys nimiä ja paikkoja toisensa jälkeen. Puuttuu kokonaan punainen lanka tai edes yhteydet muuhun maailmanpolitiikkaan. Jos tästä saa jonkinlaisen aikajanan ja isomman kuvan omassa päässään luotua, niin onnittelen.
Dec 26, 2014 Saad rated it really liked it
Height of investigative journalism : Saleem Shahzad
Dec 27, 2014 Omer rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone and everyone who wants to understand where AlQaeda is deriving their ideology from, granted that it's a deviant interpretation at the end of day.
Nisar Hussain
Dec 29, 2016 Nisar Hussain rated it it was amazing
Red salute to Shaheed Saleem Shahzad
What work on the topic beautifully written
I wanna say it's a eye opener piece
Jan 21, 2013 Sardar rated it it was amazing
Humair Rizvi
Humair Rizvi rated it it was amazing
Nov 21, 2012
Ejaz Mohsin
Ejaz Mohsin rated it it was ok
Oct 20, 2014
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