My Life with Al Qaeda
by Omar Nasiri
Review: “Inside the Jihad is the astonishing, well-told story of Omar Nasiri (a pseudonym), who penetrated al-Qaeda’s training camps in Afghanistan in the mid 1990s as a spy for France’s intelligence services. Al Qaeda defectors…have provided accounts of the Afghan camps, but nothing available publicly approaches the level of detail that Nasiri gives here.” —Washington Post, November 17, 2006
“Inside the Jihad reads like a John le Carre novel. It is replete with tales of phony passports, envelopes stuffed with cash and cloak-and-daggar meetings…Mr. Nasiri’s account of the camps is detailed and chilling.” —New York Times, November 17, 2006
“A chillingly detailed portrait of life inside the Afghan training camps… a unique insider’s perspective into Al Qaeda’s global jihad.” Daily Telegraph “Inside the Jihad reads like a John le Carre novel. It is replete with tales of phony passports, envelopes stuffed with cash and cloak-and-dagger meetings…Mr. Nasiri’s account of the camps is detailed and chilling.” —The New York Times
“A good read…the real value of Nasiri’s memoir lies in the insight into the minds of young, mostly European Muslims.” —Middle East Quarterly
“It is a fascinating story of a man who says he betrayed his brothers to the police and then had contact with senior al Qaeda leaders at a terror training camp in Afghanistan—all the while spying for French, British and German intelligence” —CNN.com
Product Description: Between 1994 and 2000, Omar Nasiri worked as a secret agent for Europe’s top foreign intelligence services-including France’s DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), and Britain’s MI5 and MI6. From the netherworld of Islamist cells in Belgium, to the training camps of Afghanistan, to the radical mosques of London, he risked his life to defeat the emerging global network that the West would come to know as Al Qaeda. Now, for the first time, Nasiri shares the story of his life-a life balanced precariously between the world of Islamic jihadists and the spies who pursue them. As an Arab and a Muslim, he was able to infiltrate the rigidly controlled Afghan training camps, where he encountered men who would later be known as the most-wanted terrorists on earth: Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, Abu Zubayda, and Abu Khabab al-Masri. Sent back to Europe with instructions to form a sleeper cell, Nasiri became a conduit for messages going back and forth between Al Qaeda’s top recruiter in Pakistan and London’s radical cleric Abu Qatada.