Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Name of Osama Bin Laden: Global Terrorism and the Bin Laden Brotherhood

Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Name of Osama Bin Laden: Global Terrorism and the Bin Laden Brotherhood

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(Duke University Press ISBN o 8223 2991 3)

Since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York a torrent of books on Osama bin Laden has poured out of the world's publishing houses, covering the whole spectrum from scholarly study to wild conspiracy theory. This book's unique selling point lies in the fact that it was originally published in France in the week of 11 September and presciently discussed the prospect of terrorist attacks using `unforeseeable methods or techniques... calling on fanatical fighters ready to give up their lives'.

Now translated into English and substantially updated, In The Name of Osama bin Laden attempts to explain exactly how this wealthy Saudi entrepreneur became the focus for a fundamentalist pan-Islamic movement. Jacquard tracks bin Laden's wanderings in the 1990s through Sudan, Pakistan and finally Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, and reveals the web of money laundering and drug smuggling he tapped into and used for his jihad. …

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