"A must read for all who continue to grapple with the twin legacy of hatred and hope from September 11. . . "*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, the book has become an international bestseller.
Jacquard details how bin Laden became an international emblem of fundamentalist, pan-Islamic, anti-U.S. fervor 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 organization, 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 organizations. 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English, this edition has been substantially updated in light of recent world events and expanded to include previously unpublished materials, featuring a new introduction and afterword.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.
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--France, Germany, and the UK-and has been interviewed and in the United States by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. Since the events of September 11, 2001, Jacquard has regularly been quoted as "a leading expert on terrorism" in Time Magazine, where he wrote a major piece on the newly discovered "Encyclopedia of Jihad." He has appeared on CNN and CBS. Jacquard frequently travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and will be traveling to India and China in the near future. 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.
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