: Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus’ ab al-Suri (Columbia/Hurst) (): Brynjar Lia: Books. A Review of: “Brynjar Lia. Architect of Global Jihad: The life of Al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus’ab al-Suri.” London: Hurst pp. A Reviews of: “Brynjar Lia, Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus’ab al-Suri” and “Jim Lacey, ed., The Terrorist’s Call.

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Abu Mus’ab al-Suri remains the foremost theoretician in the global jihadist movement today, despite archigect capture in Pakistan in late After having participated in the founding of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan inal-Suri, whose real name is Mustafa Sethmarian Nasar, trained a whole generation of young jihadis at his camps in Afghanistan.

When he moved back to Spain in the early s, al-Suri took part in establishing Al-Qaeda networks in Europe. In the mids, he rose to prominence in jihadi circles as editor of the London-based bulletin of the Algerian Groupe Islamique Armee, the most deadly Islamist terrorist group operating in Europe at the time. Al-Suri later formed his own media centre and training camp in Taleban-ruled Afghanistan, to which he returned in Building on his extensive military experience from the Syrian Islamist insurgency in the early s, he contributed decisively to formulating Al-Qaeda’s global warfare strategy.


Throughout his writings there is a desire to learn from past mistakes and rectify the course of the jihadi movement.

His 1, page work, ‘The Global Islamic Resistance Call’, outlines a broad strategy for the coming generation of Al-Qaeda, with a keen eye for the practical implementation of jihadi guerrilla warfare theories.

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Introduction How important is Abu Mus’ab al-Suri today? Behind Enemy Lines Architfct The rise of an al-Qaida cell in Spain 6. Weapons of mass destruction The September 11 attacks 9. One of the striking things we learn from Lia’s book is how often Al Qaida’s adversaries threw it a lifeline.

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He was little known outside Islamist circles until the Madrid train bombings in March when Spanish investigators named him as a possible ideological influence, if not the actual mastermind. Abu Mus’ab al-Suri may not be a household name in the West, but his importance as brynja theorist, organizer and ideologue is difficult to overstate.


For those seeking to understand Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, author Brynjar Lia’s work is critical reading and highly illuminating. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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