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The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA

Author: Joby Warrick
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This work is a narrative account of the mysterious Jordanian who penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, with a devastating impact on the war on terror. In December 2009, a group of the CIA's top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Humam Khalil al- Balawi; Humam Khalil al- Balawi; Humam Khalil al- Balawi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joby Warrick
ISBN: 9780385534185 0385534183
OCLC Number: 676726648
Description: xv, 244 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Contents: Obsession --
Haunted --
The doctor --
Humiliation --
The informant --
Targets --
The jihadist --
Pressure --
Chief --
The double agent --
Dangle --
Rehearsal --
The triple agent --
No God but God --
The martyr --
Fallen --
Resolve --
Memorial Day.
Responsibility: Joby Warrick.

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This work is a narrative account of the mysterious Jordanian who penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, with a devastating impact on the war on terror. In December 2009, a group of the CIA's top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden's top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a thirty-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives, the agency's worst loss of life in decades. In this book the author, a reporter, takes us deep inside the CIA's secret war against al-Qaeda, a war that pits robotic planes and laser guided missiles against a cunning enemy intent on unleashing carnage in American cities. Flitting precariously between the two sides was Balawi, a young man with extraordinary gifts who managed to win the confidence of hardened terrorists as well as veteran spymasters. With his breathtaking accounts from inside al-Qaeda's lair, Balawi appeared poised to become America's greatest double agent in half a century, but he was not at all what he seemed. Combining the powerful momentum of Black Hawk Down with the institutional insight of Jane Mayer's The Dark Side, the author takes the readers on a harrowing journey from the slums of Amman to the inner chambers of the White House in an untold true story of miscalculation, deception, and revenge.

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