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Fountainhead of Jihad


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Vahid Brown is a specialist in the history of Islamist militancy and is the author of Cracks in the Foundation: Leadership Schisms in al-Qa'ida, 1989-2006. He is also a PhD student at Princeton University.
Don Rassler is an Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences and an Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC ) at the US Military Academy, where he manages the CTC's South Asia research program. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


"A fascinatingly detailed new book ... Brown and Rassler bring out the deep rootedness of the Haqqanis in the history and culture of this region, on both sides of a Durand Line which as far as the locals are concerned has always been largely theoretical." --Anatol Lieven, New York Review of Books

"The definitive account of the rise of the most effective of the insurgent groups now waging war along the Afghan-Pakistan border, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with the work of its authors." --Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad

"Brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of new information on the history of the wars in Afghanistan, and that of al-Qaeda. Through meticulous research on hard-to-get primary sources, it traces the history of one of the fiercest foes of the Western forces in Afghanistan today. I would call it the definitive study of the Haqqani network, were it not for the fact that the Haqqanis will continue to play a crucial role in the region for years to come."--Thomas Hegghammer, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; author of The Meccan Rebellion and Jihad in Saudi Arabia

"Any college-level collection strong in analyzing Islamic terrorism's roots must have this key survey." --The Bookwatch

"Compelling ... Fountainhead of Jihad suggests we will have to rethink our understanding of the Haqqani network, its motivation and its worldview at a crucial time, just as international forces withdraw and pressure for peace talks intensifies. ... In placing the Haqqani network not so much at the centre of the extremist nexus but at its origin, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Afghan and Pakistani militant groups. And it has obvious implications for the terms of any eventual peace settlement, which could well see the Haqqanis taking control of its south-eastern heartland." -- Rob Crilly, The Daily Telegraph

"Brown and Rassler have undertaken an extraordinary level of research into a huge range of sources ... should be required reading for anyone involved in the development of security policy for the area ... particularly those on both sides of the Atlantic. ... the conclusion paints a chilling picture of the Haqqani Network as an increasing source of support and training for terrorists planning operations in the rest of the world, and urges that considerably more attention be paid to measures to deal with the threat." -- Asian Affairs

..".an extraordinary book, not only because it clearly defines a grave threat to regional and international security, but also because it serves as an example of how analysis of unclassified sources can impart understanding of complex threats, enemies and adversaries ... a must-read for anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of the grave security threats emanating from the Afghanistan Pakistan frontier." Survival, The International Institute for Strategic Studies

..".provides substantive indications of the group's future evolution, its ideological orientation, and importantly, its proclivity for peace." -- Contemporary South Asia

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