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A cracking good read!
on 17 November 2014
An amazing tale, relating how a Danish layabout and local gang member got interested in Islam at his local library and found his way to Yemen to join up with the local Al-Qaeda organisation; how he became a fully trusted member of the top commander's group, but backed out and finally flipped, to become a double agent for Danish intelligence. He continued as a trusted member of the Al-Qaeda in Yemen and secretly facilitated at least one drone strike that killed a key member of the group. In the end he backed right out of all that involvement when American intelligence wanted him to undertake a mission (to send information to allow the assassination of the leader) that would almost certainly have led to his death. If I have reservations about the book it is because so much is revealed about counter-intelligence methods. The work is apparently co-authored by a couple of English-speakers claiming to be in intelligence work. Very well written and just about adequately furnished with maps. Forgive me if I have any detail wrong; some weeks since I read it - and gave it to our County library service as I felt it was a work people should read. Don't expect it to throw any light on the new threat from IS, though! Al-Qaeda regard themelves as a cut above that!!