After having participated in the founding of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in , al-Suri, whose real name is Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, trained a whole generation of young jihadis at his camps in Afghanistan. When he moved back to Spain in the early s, al-Suri took part in establishing Al-Qaeda networks in Europe. In the mids, he rose to prominence in jihadi circles as editor of the London-based bulletin of the Algerian Groupe Islamique Armee, the most deadly Islamist terrorist group operating in Europe at the time. Al-Suri later formed his own media centre and training camp in Taleban-ruled Afghanistan, to which he returned in Throughout his writings there is a desire to learn from past mistakes and rectify the course of the jihadi movement.
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With more than 35 years experience of jihadist activism, Abu Mus'ab al-Suri remains the foremost theoretician in the global jihadist movement today, despite his capture in Pakistan in late After having participated in the founding of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in , al-Suri, whose real name is Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, trained a whole generation of young jihadis at his camps in Afghanistan.
When he moved back to Spain in the early s, al-Suri took part in establishing Al-Qaeda networks in Europe. In the mids, he rose to prominence in jihadi circles as editor of the London-based bulletin of the Algerian Groupe Islamique Armee, the most deadly Islamist terrorist group operating in Europe at the time. Al-Suri later formed his own media centre and training camp in Taleban-ruled Afghanistan, to which he returned in Building on his extensive military experience from the Syrian Islamist insurgency in the early s, he contributed decisively to formulating Al-Qaeda's global warfare strategy.
Throughout his writings there is a desire to learn from past mistakes and rectify the course of the jihadi movement. His 1, page masterpiece, "The Global Islamic Resistance Call", outlines a broad strategy for the coming generation of Al-Qaeda, with a keen eye for the practical implementation of jihadi guerrilla warfare theories.
His ideas of how to maximise the political impact of jihadi violence and how to build autonomous cells for 'individualised terrorism' have inspired many jihadi militants of today.
Read more Read less. Review Illuminating. One of the striking things we learn from Lia's book is how often Al Qaida's adversaries threw it a lifeline. He was little known outside Islamist circles until the Madrid train bombings in March when Spanish investigators named him as a possible ideological influence, if not the actual mastermind.
Abu Mus'ab al-Suri may not be a household name in the West, but his importance as a theorist, organizer and ideologue is difficult to overstate. For those seeking to understand Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, author Brynjar Lia's work is critical reading and highly illuminating. It provides essential reading for any one eager to penetrate in-depth the intellectual environment and logics of radical islamist terrorist doctrine, thanks to Lia's remarkable mastery of Arabic language and Islamic culture.
Far beyond its utility as an historical analysis, Lia's work is extraordinarily timely as he extracts the finer points of al-Suri's now widely circulated theories that may have informed the conduct of the London and Madrid attacks. Lia's book digs behind the myths and public speculation around al-Suri and gives a comprehensive picture of the man and his works.
It is crucial to an understanding of international jihadi ideology and needs to be widely studied. In Architect of Global Jihad, Lia charts the rise and consequences of Abu Mus'ab al-Suri's prominence in al-Qaeda and how his worldview continues to shape and define the movement's strategy and tactics. This work is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand al-Qaeda's violent struggle and its likely future trajectory. Military Academy. No customer reviews.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. The author went into great detail in researching and compiling this detailed account of the life, teachings, and writings of a relatively unknown Jihadi author. It is a fascinating read for anybody who is interested in the development of extremist ideology.
Sun Tzu said "know your enemy and know yourself and you need not fear the outcome of a thousand battles. It was rather chilling as I read yesterday about the call to global jihad and the targets jihadis should attack, today I saw the news of the multiple attacks in Paris killing many. If more attention was paid to this man's work, some lives probably could have been saved, as he was talking about "lone wolf" attacks in the 90's.
It shows there is no such thing as "lone wolf. A well-written, finely researched book on a critical but otherwise unnoticed player in international terrorism. What is most interesting is Al-Suri's diverse history of terror cell membership and the resulting network of international links he maintained.
This book is more than a biography. By reviewing Al-Suri's life, from his ideology, travel and marital choice, the book outlines a blueprint of "serious" terrorists that has been closely mirrored by many other hardcore jihadists in Al-Qa'ida and other groups. Most interesting is Al-Suri's shift from gun-toting combatant to ideological propagandist and his lasting influences. Though Bin Laden is "the face" of modern terrorism, this book leads the reader to question if the most dangerous players have yet to be identified.
Required reading for anyone wanting to better understand the past organizations and efforts of the jihadists and an insight into possible future organizational structure for the terrorist networks. The translations of key sections of the "Global Islamic Resistance Call" of Al-Suri's 1, page book shows his well thought out, objective case for his idea of a global Islamic resistance design, or for that matter anyone wishing to cause chaos in today's world.
You have to understand the enemy to defeat him because a leaderless resistance would be one of the longest, hardest battle this nation, or any others confronted with this threat, will have to fight. A fight that will take an unfailing determination and focus. A fight of generations to discredit the jihadist propaganda and let the true voices of the areas afflicted with this disease to be heard. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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Architect of Global Jihad