Vidino peels back the layers of the al Qaeda networks in Europe and shows how lax immigration and asylum laws, coupled with the availability of false documents and financing, have allowed terrorists to operate in Europe with relative ease.
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The July 2005 London bombings are yet another example of
how Europe has emerged as one of the key battlegrounds in
the global War on Terror. The region has become a
critical "ground zero" for Islamist terrorists, not only as
a target but as a base of operations. The implications for
the United States are tremendous: under existing law, for
example, terrorists carrying European passports could
easily enter the country. It is not a coincidence, in fact,
that every attack planned or executed against the United
States, including 9/11, has had strong European ties.
Al Qaeda in Europe is the first book in English that
dissects Islamic terrorism in Europe. Written by Lorenzo
Vidino, European expert at The Investigative Project--a
Washington, D.C.-based counterterrorism institute and
Americaâ€™s largest private data-gathering center on militant
Islamic activities--Al Qaeda in Europe fills a
critical gap in the understanding of the new threats posed
by Islamist terrorism. Vidino analyzes the causes of this
dangerous situation while providing an extensive historical
overview of Islamic terrorist activities in Europe.
The book shows how terrorists--most of them native to the
Continent--raise money, communicate, and hide in plain
sight in the suburbs of London, Paris, and Amsterdam. It
presents with painful clarity the difficulties that law
enforcement agencies worldwide have had in shutting terror
cells down. Finally, the book describes three of the most
important networks operating in Europe.
Vidino analyzes events such as the Madrid train bombings,
the thwarted plot to attack various European capitals with
chemical weapons, and the movements of hundreds of European
Muslims who are joining terrorist groups in Iraq to fight
U.S. forces. Vidino includes fascinating information taken
from a dozen countriesâ€™ original documentation
(intelligence reports, indictments, court transcripts),
plus transcripts of conversations among al Qaeda operatives
that have been intercepted by intelligence agencies. Al
Qaeda in Europe is authoritative, informative and
written in a lively narrative that will captivate general
readers, and become a valuable new resource for scholars
and government officials.
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