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Architect of Global JIHAD

By: Brynjar Lia (411.1/35896)
Publisher: Hurst & Company ISBN: 9781850658566

Despite his alleged capture in Pakistan in late 2005, Abu Mus'abal-Suri, a Syrian originally known as Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, remains a potent political and ideological figure. Al-Suri trained a generation of young jihadis at al-Qaida's Afghan camps and helped establish the organisation's European networks. Having gained extensive military experience fighting in the Syrian Islamist insurgency of the early 1980s, he helped to shape al-Qaida's global strategy in a series of writings, including his influential Global Islamic Resistance Call. In this 1,600 page book, al-Suri outlines a broad strategy for al-Qaida's younger generation to follow and describe es practical ways to implement the theories and tactics of jihadi guerrilla warfare.

In Architect of Global Jihad, Brynjar Lia translates two key chapters from al-Suri's Global Islamic Resistance Call and exposes his methods for maximising the political impact of jihadi violence and building successful, autonomous cells for 'individualized terrorism'. Al-Suri's words have inspired many of today's militants, making Lia's detailed portrait required reading for students and specialist of Islamist movements and the study of contemporary forms of terrorism.

August 2008

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