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Architect of global jihad : the life of al-Qaida strategist Abu Musʻab al-Suri

Author: Brynjar Lia
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2009.
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"Despite his alleged capture in Pakistan in late 2005, Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, a Syrian originally known as Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, remains a potent political and ideological figure. One of the foremost theoreticians of the global jihadist movement, al-Suri trained a generation of young jihadis at al-Qaeda's Afghan camps and helped to establish the organization's vast European networks. Having gained extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: ʻUmar ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm; ʻUmar ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brynjar Lia
ISBN: 9780231700283 0231700288
OCLC Number: 286518741
Description: xii, 510 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction ---
2. The Syrian Jihad --
3. Exile in Europe --
4. Afghanistan: Land of Holy War --
5. Behind Enemy Lines --
6. A Media Jihadi in Londonistan 1994-97 --
7. Companions, Rivals, Acquantancies --
8. In the Service of the Taleban --
9. A Five 5 Million Dollar al-Qaida Fugitive --
10. 'The Military Theory of The Global Islamic Resistance Call' (Key excerpts).
Responsibility: Brynjar Lia.

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"Despite his alleged capture in Pakistan in late 2005, Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, a Syrian originally known as Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, remains a potent political and ideological figure. One of the foremost theoreticians of the global jihadist movement, al-Suri trained a generation of young jihadis at al-Qaeda's Afghan camps and helped to establish the organization's vast European networks. Having gained extensive military experience fighting in the Syrian Islamist insurgency of the early 1980s, he helped to shape al-Qaeda's global strategy in a series of writings, including his influential Global Islamic Call. In that 1,600 page book, al-Suri outlined a broad strategy for al-Qaeda's younger generation to follow and described practical ways to implement the theories and tactics of jihadi guerrilla warfare. Architect of Global Jihad is a biography of this powerful, charismatic, and prophetic individual. Examining not only the life of Al-Suri but also the world that gave rise to him, Brynjar Lia reveals al-Suri's skill for maximizing the political impact of jihadi violence. Lia provides the first and only English translation of two key chapters from al-Suri's Global Islamic Call and exposes his methods for building successful, autonomous cells for "individualized terrorism." Al-Suri's words have inspired thousands of today's militants, making Lia's carefully researched, detailed portrait required reading for students and specialists of Islamist movements and the study of contemporary forms of terrorism."--Publisher description.

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