Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology,structure, strategies, and tactics of the Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. ROHAN GUNARATNA. Rohan Gunaratna: Inside Al Qaeda. Global “Inside Al Qaeda” as the undoubtedly best popular book on Al Qaida, which I have read so far. Professor Rohan Gunaratna, the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, presented on the “Enduring Terrorist Threat:” at GE Insurance organized.

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In case of some of the “Chechen tales” Gunaratna refers to an unnamed “European intelligence agency”, but the poor quality of some of these pieces of disinformation pp. Steve rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Published June 3rd by Berkley Trade first published Oct 23, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.

Besides of echoing Pakistani inner politics, Rashid leaning to the left, he has practically mixed up radical Islamism and Islamic conservatism with each other. Mary Riekert rated it liked it Jan 27, Despite all of the details, however, I still did not come away with much of a stronger grasp of the inner workings of this organization.

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 There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Apr 07, Gursimran rated it liked it. However, it must be also remembered that the Chechen tales, when traced, have always originated in Russian or Indian media, and this means that it has not only been the Western media’s careless ignorance that causes this kind of myths to be born, but also purposeful and systematic disinformation, which is machined with massive repetition.

It is constituted by the fashionable conspiracy theories with the single goal of blaming the United States of America for all the problems of the world.

I cannot stand to read any more of this book.

In it was Russian-controlled Dagestan that destabilized Chechnya, leading to the joint provocation by Dagestani and Basayev’s Islamists, known as the Dagestan Incursion.


Therefore it is obvious that all the “Chechen tales” of Afghanistan seem to refer to the Uzbeks, who were many in the Brigade, including Juma Imside. Although it is slightly dated, it still presents a relatively clear picture of AQ.

Didnt read the whole thing. Their academic expertise is, however, limited to ironical and parodical mocking at Western rhetorics, while their case knowledge is based on repeating selective leftist myths of world politics, often starting with age-old Soviet disinformation and ending up in the urban legends of present anti-American discourse.

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Yet Gunaratna fails to tell us that Al Jnside entirely failed in Azerbaijan. Some of his arguments were weak, but it was very informative and useful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you ihside to read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Good riddance to you, ya shitty ass book! According to them, terrorism is caused by the fact that the US assisted Afghan mujahidin to fight the cruel Soviet occupation of their land in the s.

The radicalization of Basayev and his allies started only when the Russians assassinated the secular Chechen leader Dudayev with a missile in May 20, Ryan rated it liked it. More imside the development of the situation in Chechnya and Dagestan, see:. And of course they fiercely defend Israel’s struggle for survival, forgetting that the Zionists, too, originally insie terror just like their later Arab counterparts in Palestine.

Basayev’s Arab ally, the undoubtedly radical Islamist, Saudi extremist with the nom de guerre Khattab, is the only established link between Chechens and Al Qaeda, and he probably influenced strongly to Basayev’s turning into radical anti-Western Islamism, while simultaneously clashing against the Chechen leadership.

Inside Al Qaeda: global network of terror – Rohan Gunaratna – Google Books

An American researcher, Professor Brian Glyn Williams, ap made field research for months in Northern Afghanistan, trying to find either a Chechen or at least one qafda who would have seen or met a Chechen fighting on the Taliban or Al Qaeda side. It’s even difficult to cherry pick the few gems in this book because you have no confidence in the author.

The Taliban recognition for Chechen independence, which Yandarbiyev managed to get from Mullah Omar, was rejected by Maskhadov, because the Chechens did not consider the Taliban to be the legitimate government of Afghanistan. It was as if the author had simply put together a bunch of stuff he had heard about Al Qaeda in the news over a period of a few years.


His book is strongest in regard to Southeast and South Asia. On pageGunaratna writes: Whether “European intelligence agencies” reproduce it unconsciously or in the name of political interest is secondary compared with the devastating effect that this kind of myth-making has on true understanding of radical Islamist threat and terrorism – also in the Chechen context.

Trivia About Inside Al Qaeda: There is also an inherent weakness in the Western point of view of the authors, which overemphasizes the “exotic” features, especially inaide speaking of Islam, and seldom finds very novel approach to the conventions of speaking about certain nations, regions or countries.

From the beginning, the IRP Islamists were set against the national independence gnaratna, and they had solid links with the Soviet and later Russian secret services. Moreover, on pageGunaratna writes on Khattab in Afghanistan: Global Network of Terror.

However, the Chechen narrative of the book is entirely careless, vague and dilettantish. This author is a crack. Yet according to the anti-American genre, Turkey is guilty to the genocide of Armenians and Kurds how many have actually been massacred? Generally this genre insists on the West giving iside to any poor country, but obviously this should not be done against the interests of the Soviet Gunaeatna or Russia.

It is also easy to identify the single weakest-quality chapter in Gunaratna’s book. Gunaratna provides an excellent history of the terror network. Especially in regard to Southeast Asia, Gunaratna’s book is the best in this genre that I have read, and I learned a lot of new details from it.

Walt rated it really liked it Mar 28, Finally he managed to find one single Chechen: Against the background of these bulks of terrorism literature, Gunaratna’s book is both outstanding in its expertise and overwhelming in the unbiased, analytical and sensible moderation it has adopted. The first is constituted by alarmist accounts with strong religious and rightist political bias, which typically repeat Islamophobic narratives, try to paint a picture of a “clash of civilizations”, and attempt to explain the threat of terrorism by interpreting terrorism and violence as something inherent in Islam, or at least in the cultures of the regions that happen to coincide with the range of Islam.