Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

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Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings BY FERNANDO REINARES. Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Columbia University Press, 2017, 288 pp.

During the morning rush hour of March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded nearly simultaneously on Madrid's commuter trains, killing 191 people and injuring almost 2,000. Reinares' examination of that brutal attack may be the most thoroughly researched study of a European terrorist incident currently available to the public. Based on law enforcement records and media reports from a half-dozen countries, the book reconstructs the perpetrators' background as petty criminals, their radicalization in prison, and the material benefits they gained from terrorism. They belonged to a sophisticated global network of al Qaeda-linked jihadists. …

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