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In the Name of Osama Bin Laden

International terrorism expert Roland Jacquard's "In the Name of Osama bin Laden" presents a dramatic portrait of the world's most wanted terrorist and his extensive brotherhood - the network of people who operate 'in his name'. Published originally in France the very week of September 11, as events in the United States shook the world, this book has become an international bestseller. Jacquard details how bin Laden became an international emblem of fundamentalist, pan-Islamic, anti-US fervour and the leader of a brotherhood so passionate that devotees who have never met him will act autonomously in his name. The author explains the global character of bin Laden's organisation, elaborating the extent of his sphere of influence in Europe and Asia.Jacquard reveals the construction of bin Laden's networks - including a profile of his inner circle - and their collaboration with overlapping webs of banking, drug trafficking, religious, and terrorist organisations. He considers the brotherhood's access to biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons and warns that, with or without bin Laden, this global terrorist force will remain a threat. Now in English, this edition has been substantially updated in the light of recent world events and expanded to include previously unpublished materials, featuring a new introduction and afterword. New documents include an April 2001 interview by the author with bin Laden; a September 24 proclamation by bin Laden to Muslims in Pakistan; and, a key page from Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's book justifying eternal jihad, which was smuggled out of Afghanistan in October 2001.
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A must read for all who continue to grapple with the twin legacy of hatred and hope from September 11.

Table of Contents

Preface ix Introduction / Samia Serageldin 1 1 A Young Man from a Good Family 11 2 From Riyadh to Peshawar 20 3 Exile in the Sudan 27 4 Among the Taliban 37 5 The Islamic Legion 54 6 The Anti-American Crusade 73 7 Target: Bin Laden 86 8 Osama bin Laden Confronts the Arab World 93 9 The Bin Laden Brotherhood 99 10 Asian Fever 118 11 The Bin Laden Network's Billions 126 12 Drugs and Terrorism 135 13 Jihad's New Weapons 142 Epilogue 158 Afterward / Samia Serageldin 160 Appendix 167 Glossary 274 Notes 276 Index 289

About the Author

Roland Jacquard is President of the Paris-based International Observatory on Terrorism. A Strategic Expert and Consultant on Terrorism to the United Nations Security Council, Jacquard regularly testifies before the United Nations Security Council. He is quoted widely in the international press, particularly in France, Germany, and the UK. He is the author of a dozen books (in French) on terrorism and espionage, including The Secret Files of Terrorism; The War of the Lie: A Secret History of Disinformation; Fatwa Against the West; and Carlos (the Jackal): The Secret Files.


"Bin Laden's genesis and genius are all chronicled in Jacquard's sweeping account of the Saudi born terrorist and his brotherhood. The book rightfully brings into focus the role of modern media, especially satellite TV and the Internet, in bin Laden's cunning wager that he could defeat the U.S. as a world power. A chilling read, a must read for all who continue to grapple with the twin legacy of hatred and hope from September 11."-Bruce B. Lawrence, author of Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence Praise for the French edition: "Remarkably documented and prescient ... Citing confidential reports from intelligence agencies the world over, [Jacquard] unveils the secret plan of the man who has declared holy war against the Americans, the Jews, and Christians ... "-Le Figaro Magazine (September 15, 2001) "This biography of Osama bin Laden by Roland Jacquard could not have come at a better moment."-Le Monde (September 22, 2001) "Remarkable and essential ... "-FranceSoir (September 21, 2001) "This latest entry into the Osama bin Laden publishing sweepstakes stands out for its exhaustive research and prescience... While the story has been told elsewhere, Jacquard brings new details... [A] balanced, sweeping description of the bin Laden threat." Publishers Weekly, march 2002 Library Journal recommends In the Name of Osama bin Laden for all libraries, praising Jacquard for his deep examination of Islamic fundamentalism and commenting that the appendix of documents ... "brings a chilling reality to the narrative." Library Journal. March 2002 "This latest entry into the Osama bin Laden publishing sweepstakes stands out for its exhaustive research and prescience--it was published in France the week of September 11 and catapulted onto the bestseller lists there. Jacquard, a French terrorism expert, details Osama bin Laden's rise from his childhood in Saudi Arabia to turning into the world's largest terrorist menance. While the story has been told elsewhere ... Jacquard brings new details... stands as a balanced, sweeping description of the bin Laden threat."--Publishers Weekly

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