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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Definitely not my style, but I respect what he’s managed to accomplish because I’m sure it’s valuable to someone out there.

But then to the weaknesses: B I made the executive decision late last night to give up on this book. Reads like an interoffice memo. Feb 02, Joseph rated it really liked it. Ben Aveiro rated it liked it May 22, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This is not one of those books. Meanwhile, the actual independence movement maintained nationally inspired secular or Sufi character, with open pro-Western orientation.

Published June 3rd by Berkley Trade first published We know so little about them and yet they know us so well. Generally this genre insists on the West giving aid qaedz any poor country, but obviously this should not be done against the interests of the Soviet Union or Russia.

Open Preview See a Problem? Yet Gunaratna fails to tell us that Al Qaida entirely failed in Azerbaijan. And of course they fiercely defend Israel’s struggle for survival, forgetting that the Zionists, too, originally employed terror just like their later Arab counterparts in Palestine. As India is allied with Russia, they also share general hostility against Pakistan even for periods when Pakistan has not been as pro-Western as during Musharraf’s regime.


A few disgruntled and disbanded members of the brigade resorted to terrorism in Baku, mostly bombings of public places and transport infrastructure. Unfortunately this two-page chapter is not only totally inadequate and superficial; it is also full of factual errors, contradictions, and the author has failed to give references to his sources, with the exception of the above-mentioned dubious source and some use of Gunartna Cooley’s book, where the Chechen remarks are among the weakest of Cooley’s account, too.

Akshaya Handa rated it it was amazing Dec 21, 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.

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Dec 28, Meredith Martin rated it it was ok. Trivia About Inside Al Qaeda: Jun 02, Daniel Kan rated it liked it. Gunaratna has also avoided most of the popular urban legends wide-spread in the Western media, beginning with the fantastic claims of Usama bin Ladin’s connections with the CIA.

However, I experienced zero enjoyment and felt no spark of interest in reading this book. Nikki Vaughn rated it it was amazing Jan 25, It was Dagestan that destabilized Chechnya, not vice versa, and radical Islamism first got foothold in Dagestan Khattab includedand could gain foothold in Chechnya only after the death of President Insidr.

A good example is the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, a Lahore intellectual, who has unfortunately only contributed to the Western distortions in regard to Islam, South and Central Asia, when adopting a bias designed to please the expected Western readers.

So do not let the above criticism against one bad chapter in an otherwise excellent book spoil your willingness to read this book, which The Eurasian Politician can warmly recommend. Return to Book Page. Apr 03, Ash rated it liked it. Good riddance to you, ya shitty ass book! In fact, the Islamist parties were used to undermine the reviving nationalist movements separatistswhile they were at the same time used to construct the foundation of pro-Moscow Islamic movement aligned with the pro-Moscow Islamic states such as Syria, Iraq and Iran.


Book Review: “Inside Al Qaeda” by Rohan Gunaratna

Unfortunately, Gunaratna’s narrative goes even wilder: Some of his insights seem speculative, but that doesn’t make them wrong. According to Gunaratna, gunafatna summerthere were Chechens fighting in Karabagh.

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

This was more from an academic side with many interviews. Some of his arguments were qaead, but it was very informative and useful. View all 3 comments. Lists with This Book. It is very unfortunate that, besides of ignorant journalists, even serious and esteemed researchers like Gunaratna uncritically repeat this disinformation and therefore contribute to the distortion of our understanding of the Eurasian conflicts.

It is of course not surprising that there are no Chechens in the Al Qaeda or Taliban troops, and there never were. Paperbackpages. The third category of mainstream terrorism books is constituted mainly by accounts written by experienced journalists.