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I was also royally pissed off by what appears to have been a complete lack of editing in this book.

Gunaratna continues with demonizing the Chechen radical Islamist leader Shamil Basayev, but here the chronology and logic of narrating the Chechen conflict get seriously confused.

The vice president to take over for a short period, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, later turned a radical Islamist and visited Mullah Omar in Taliban’s Afghanistan, but then he no longer had any official position in President Maskhadov’s government. Oct 23, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: Moreover, on pageGunaratna writes on Khattab in Gunratna Ben Aveiro rated it liked it May 22, Trivia About Inside Al Qaeda: Definitely not my style, but I respect what he’s managed to accomplish because I’m sure it’s valuable to someone out there.

Published June 3rd by Berkley Trade first published Berkley Books, New York, A few disgruntled and disbanded members of the brigade resorted to terrorism in Baku, mostly bombings of public places and transport infrastructure. It contains details about regional operations, personalities involved, finances, and the whole nine yards.

However, I experienced zero enjoyment and felt no spark of interest in reading this book. Another thing that angered me about this book was the size. Jun 02, Daniel Kan rated it liked it. I have yet never read a book written by a Russian analyst without attempts to demonize Chechens; by an Indian analyst without attempts to demonize the Kashmiri separatists or Pakistan; and very seldom by a Pakistani analyst without attempts to demonize Indian secret services.


The radicalization of Basayev and his allies started only when the Russians assassinated the secular Chechen leader Dudayev with a missile in In the last years, I have read more of these books than I can remember, and because of that, I can with certain delight praise Rohan Gunaratna’s “Inside Al Qaeda” as the undoubtedly best popular book on Al Qaida, which I have read so far.

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror by Rohan Gunaratna

On pageGunaratna writes: VERY detailed and probably not what i was looking for. Mar 10, Snowdon added it. I gave this 2 stars because it was basically impossible to read. Gunaratna has failed to understand that Djokhar Dudayev was a secular nationalists, and the Islamists – including the Islamic Path Party – were both Dudayev’s opponents and also against the idea of an independent national state.

A must read for anyone who wants to learn anything iside al-Qaeda from its inception to how it currently operates. David Premier rated it liked it Feb 15, I understand that he was striving for brevity, but it made the book harder to read, often leading me to have to re-read sentences to understand their structure.

Some of his arguments were weak, but it was very informative and useful. Many of the Islamist leaders later got key positions in the pro-Russian puppet governments, including the leader of the Islamic Path, Bislan Gantemirov. It was deceptively thin.

Dec 28, Meredith Martin rated it it was ok. A hint towards this is for example the transliteration of the article al in as-Sarehi’s name in the way preferred in Russia, instead of the Anglo-Saxon way, which Gunaratna uses in other names – for example al Zawahiri, not az-Zawahiri. Against the background of these bulks of terrorism literature, Gunaratna’s book is both outstanding in its expertise and overwhelming in the unbiased, analytical gunarqtna sensible moderation it has adopted.


Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

But the nature of the typos in this edition was really bad. All those “former Soviet” fighters who were later captured or killed in a couple of clashes with the Pakistani forces in the North-Western Frontier Province inproved to be Uzbeks.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Meanwhile, the actual independence movement maintained nationally inspired secular or Sufi character, with open pro-Western orientation. Gunaratna goes on in a section lacking all reference notes, informing us of the participation of some Chechen commanders in the Karabagh War, and arms provided by Chechens to the Azerbaijanis from the stockpiles of weapons that President Djokhar Dudayev inherited from removed Russian troops in Want to Read saving….

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I skimmed over the first several, rolling my eyes but not book marking them because I tend to overlook the first few I was a Copy Editor for my high school yearbook, I dig it. Lists with This Book. Carlos rated it liked it Aug 18, It is easy to identify Gunaratna’s worst choice of revealed source, since it seems to me that at least half of the errors and pieces of disinformation in Gunaratna’s book are taken out of a single source, a publication named “The Jihad Fixation”, for which Gunaratna also does not give an author, publisher or any gunarwtna the information needed to identify the source.

Maria Buttram rated it did not like it Sep 04, Nikki Vaughn rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Part of the “information” seem to originate in an oral source, maybe an intelligence official Russian?