Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State by Ali H. Soufan

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Read Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State Online Free - When Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL, many prophesied al-Qaeda’s imminent demise. In reality the opposite has occurred. Why?

Watching the Arab Spring from his Pakistani safe house, bin Laden had seen an historic opportunity: “The next stage will be the return of the caliphate.” In the six years since bin Laden’s death, al-Qaeda’s affiliates metastasized, and the Islamic State, its most brutal spinoff, proclaimed itself the reborn caliphate bin Laden had foreseen.

Anatomy of Terror is told through the stories of the flagbearers of today’s Islamic radicalism, including a Jordanian drug dealer, an air force colonel who served Saddam Hussein, a reclusive Iraqi bookworm, and one of bin Laden’s own sons. Ali H. Soufan, a top counterterrorism operative, lays bare the psychology and inner workings of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their spawn and shows how the propagation of terrorism can be stopped.

Title : Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State
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ISBN : 0393241173
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Murtaza rated it ★★★★☆

July 14, 2017

Ali Soufan was an FBI agent at the forefront of the U.S. government response to al Qaeda in the years both before and immediately after 9/11. This book provides a rundown of the changes in the global jihadist movement since the death of Osama bin Laden, and the general growth of jihadism as a phe...

Leftbanker rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2017

Ali Soufan first came up on my radar in a 2006 New Yorker piece about his investigation of the U.S.S. Cole bombing. As a native speaker of Arabic and very knowledgeable about Islam he commands a sizeable advantage over most American intelligence operators specializing in the Middle East. As an FB...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

August 10, 2017

Ali Soufan is a former FBI agent who personally interrogated al-Qaeda members (using traditional methods, not “enhanced interrogation methods) so he is someone who really knows his shit. This book, as the title indicates, is about the war on terror after the death of the man who is most responsib...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2017

Ali Soufan is an Arab-American former FBI agent who featured prominently in Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower" as a highly capable and vital member of the FBI team led by John O'Neill who was in pursuit of Al-Qaeda in the 1990s and "Anatomy of Terror " (AoT) is his 2nd book on the subject of...

Mlg rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2017

For those who can't tell one jihadist from another or who don't quite understand the difference between Al Qaddafi, the Taliban and Isis, this book really helps you sort them out. Basically most Arabs are horrifically undereducated and easily swayed by religious arguments that usually involve the...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2017

I follow National Security issues pretty closely and even I have to admit that the details in this book in a lot of ways stunned me. Like him or hate him President Obama got Bin Laden. Now he could have killed him in an airstrike. But he chose to send the seals instead. I had NO idea.

Bajro rated it ★★★★★

June 18, 2017

The book contains an expert's summary of how al-Qaeda developed in its organisation, strategy and ideology. Though at times the prose appears replete with long Arab names, the reader sees the point of each explanation and with some concentration can follow easily the thread of the story. The auth...

Kiseruyoru rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 08, 2017

Meh -- just so much meh. Including actual scenes, dramatization, cheerleading, and an absolute refusal to ask the literal founding question in regards to all of this -- Why? Also, the author pulls a New Testament on the reader, disregarding the formative years of the central character, Bin Laden,...

Mike rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2017

Read in stops & starts, and skipped some of the middle, having recently read Lawrence Wright's book The Terror Years. Wright and Soufan are invaluable in understanding the Middle East. This is a great explanation of the personalities that shaped various terrorist factions. He concludes with t...

Gordon rated it ★★★★☆

July 03, 2017

Very informative and readable, though the title didn't quite describe the book. Anatomy of Terror is a series of profiles of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders, going back to the 1980's when Bin Laden was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. The author—a former FBI counter-terrorism agent—interrogated som...

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