The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism

The New Jackals Ramzi Yousef Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism On February a massive bomb hit New York s World Trade Center creating hospital casualties than any event in American history since the Civil War Ramzi Yousef the young British educated terro

  • Title: The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism
  • Author: Simon Reeve
  • ISBN: 9781555535094
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • On 26 February 1993 a massive bomb hit New York s World Trade Center, creating hospital casualties than any event in American history since the Civil War Ramzi Yousef, the young British educated terrorist who masterminded the attack, had been seeking to topple the twin towers and cause tens of thousands of fatalities An intensive FBI investigation into the crime quiOn 26 February 1993 a massive bomb hit New York s World Trade Center, creating hospital casualties than any event in American history since the Civil War Ramzi Yousef, the young British educated terrorist who masterminded the attack, had been seeking to topple the twin towers and cause tens of thousands of fatalities An intensive FBI investigation into the crime quickly developed into a man hunt that took top FBI agents across the globe But even with the FBI on his trail, Yousef continued with his campaign of terror He bombed an airplane and an Iranian shrine He tried to kill Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani Prime Minister, and planned to assassinate the Pope, President Clinton and simultaneously destroy 11 airliners over the Pacific Ocean using tiny undetectable bombs He also plotted an attack on the CIA headquarters with a plane loaded with chemical weapons His pursuers dubbed Yousef an evil genius During their investigation, FBI agents discovered that Yousef was funded and sent on some of his attacks by Osama bin Laden, a mysterious Saudi millionaire By the mid 1990s they realized bin Laden had become the most influential sponsor of terrorism in the world, and agents now conclude that since the early 1990s a small group of terrorists supported by bin Laden have dominated international terrorism These Afghan Arabs helped defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan before killing thousands of people in campaigns against governments in the West, Africa, the Middle East and Asia When bin Laden s followers attacked American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998, killing 224 people, the U.S finally launched cruise missile strikes in an attempt to destroy his secret organization Drawing on unpublished reports, interrogation files, interviews with senior FBI agents who hunted Yousef, intelligence sources and government figures including Benazir Bhutto, Simon Reeve gives a harrowing account of Yousef s bombings, offers a revealing insight into his background, and details the FBI s man hunt to catch him Reeve explains how Yousef was one of bin Laden s first operatives and documents bin Laden s life and emergence as the leader of a potent terrorist organization, giving fascinating insights into the man President Clinton has called the pre eminent organizer and financier of international terrorism in the world today Highly detailed and yet immensely readable, The New Jackals sheds new light on two of the world s most notorious terrorists Reeve warns that Yousef and bin Laden are just the first of a new breed of terrorist, men with no restrictions on mass killing Reeve also offers evidence that bin Laden s organization may already have chemical and nuclear weapons and explains why the world could soon face attacks by terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.

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    707 thoughts on “The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism

    • I started reading this on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2010 because I could not get into any of my other fiction books and it seemed in a way, appropriate. Simon Reeve is a very talented journalist/author. I have read another one of his books – One Day In September – which is about the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist attack on the Israeli Olympic team and the following revenge attacks by Israel’s agency Mossad.I am not a great reader of non-fiction because I have a misjudged prejudice that th [...]


    • Luckily this book wasn't written as a he is such a bad guy, whatever his reasons.I didn't realize first that the book was written before the airplanes destroyed the Twin Towers, so was waiting until that would be described. As it was written before, it was kind of fun to see how Reeves wrote about thinks and knowing what really happened afterwards. Spooky sometimes, but also making you feel sometimes like it couldn't be true they managed to do this stuff.I guess Americans will feel different rea [...]


    • Interesting that this book was published in 1999, but of course few people, to include me, read it until after Sept. 11th. The FBI was able to infiltrate Sheikh Omar's group, which prevented bridge and tunnel bombingsRamzi Yousef was not an observant Muslim - he just used Islam to further his cause.Bhutto supported the US move to seize Yousef in Pakistan.Reeve foresees the fall of the Egyptian govt.


    • This work has obviously lost some of its punch since publication but had I read this prior to 9/11 then this certainly would have got a five star rating. New Jackals is an excellent analysis of the career of one terrorist in particular and through his investigation of Yousef's career, Reeve demonstrates the complexity and reach of international terrorism in the early 1990s and how it was poised to strike internationally. Many of the predictions about terrorist attacks or the direction terrorism [...]


    • Well, I will hold my hand up and say I had absolutely no recollection of an attack on the twin towers in 1993. To read this book and understand what happened and the knowledge and insights gained on Ramzi Youself and Osama bin Laden following the attacks, knowing what would come later - quite frankly it's astounding. Knowing what we knew, and reading articles about the attack written at the time (newsc/onthisday/hi/da) - I don't know what to make of it all. Could we really not have put all the k [...]


    • I read this book for informational purposes only. It was interesting enough on its own but its importance I think lies in understanding the development of the terrorist cells we see today and how they operate and recruit.



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