Al-Qaeda's Revenge

The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Fernando Reinares. Translated by Christopher Wall With a Foreword by Bruce Riedel

Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University

Al-Qaeda's Revenge

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Pub Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9780231704540

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $50.00£42.00

Pub Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9780231801409

288 Pages

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List Price: $49.99£42.00

Al-Qaeda's Revenge

The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Fernando Reinares. Translated by Christopher Wall With a Foreword by Bruce Riedel

Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University

Al-Qaeda's Revenge tells the full story behind the events of March 11, 2004, when an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell bombed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and injuring more than 1,800. The book's detailed narrative runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain through the 2007 trial and conviction of the 3/11 bombers, concluding with the thwarting in 2008 of an al-Qaeda bomb plot in Barcelona. Fernando Reinares's account draws on privileged access to judicial and intelligence documents and personal interviews with officials in Spain and elsewhere. His analysis ultimately links the Madrid bombing to members of al-Qaeda's senior leadership and connects the planning of 9/11 to the acts of 3/11.

Al-Qaeda's Revenge is Spain's counterpart to The 9/11 Commission Report, a bestseller that has definitively showed al-Qaeda—and not, as initially suspected, the Basque separatist organization ETA—to be responsible for a horrific crime that fundamentally changed the way Spain and Europe have responded to the threat of modern terrorism.

The most rigorous book on the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Jorge Dezcallar, former director of Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI), Spain's intelligence service
List of Maps and Figures
Acknowledgments
Foreword, by Bruce Riedel
List of Abbreviations
Prologue
Part I. The 3/11 Terrorist Network: Origins, Components, and Formation
1. Osama bin Laden's Man in Spain and His Associates
2. From Abu Dahdah's Cell to the 3/11 Network
3. "He swore that the Spanish would pay dearly for his detention": Allekema Lamari and Algerians in the 3/11 Network
4. The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group and Its Involvement in the 3/11 Network
5. "They moved together while I moved on my own": Mohamed al-Masri in Egypt, Spain, and Italy
6. Common Delinquents Turned into Jihadists: The Final Component of the 3/11 Network
7. How the 3/11 Terrorist Network Formed
Part II. The Al-Qaeda Connection: Revenge, Opportunity, and Strategy
8. "Transforming the tranquillity of the crusaders into a hell": Amer Azizi and the Al-Qaeda Link to 3/11
9. A Meeting in Karachi: Making the Decision to Attack Spain
10. Amer Azizi and the 3/11 Network
11. "Free our prisoners and leave our lands": The 3/11 Attacks and Al-Qaeda's General Strategy
12. "I invoke Allah and ask him to facilitate my martyrdom": Other Facets of the 3/11 Attacks
13. Fleeing to Join Al-Qaeda's Mesopotamian Branch: The Fugitives of the 3/11 Network
14. After the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings: The Fallout in Spain
Notes
Sources and Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Fernando Reinares is a senior scholar specializing in the study of terrorism, serving as senior analyst on international terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute and professor of political science at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, both in Madrid. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and coeditor, with Bruce Hoffman, of The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death (Columbia, 2014).