Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Hardcover | January 17, 2017

byFernando ReinaresForeword byBruce Riedel

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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.

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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...

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, o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231704542

ISBN - 13:9780231704540

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List of Maps and FiguresAcknowledgmentsForeword, by Bruce RiedelList of AbbreviationsProloguePart I. The 3/11 Terrorist Network: Origins, Components, and Formation1. Osama bin Laden's Man in Spain and His Associates2. From Abu Dahdah's Cell to the 3/11 Network3. "He swore that the Spanish would pay dearly for his detention": Allekema Lamari and Algerians in the 3/11 Network4. The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group and Its Involvement in the 3/11 Network5. "They moved together while I moved on my own": Mohamed al-Masri in Egypt, Spain, and Italy6. Common Delinquents Turned into Jihadists: The Final Component of the 3/11 Network7. How the 3/11 Terrorist Network FormedPart II. The Al-Qaeda Connection: Revenge, Opportunity, and Strategy8. "Transforming the tranquillity of the crusaders into a hell": Amer Azizi and the Al-Qaeda Link to 3/119. A Meeting in Karachi: Making the Decision to Attack Spain10. Amer Azizi and the 3/11 Network11. "Free our prisoners and leave our lands": The 3/11 Attacks and Al-Qaeda's General Strategy12. "I invoke Allah and ask him to facilitate my martyrdom": Other Facets of the 3/11 Attacks13. Fleeing to Join Al-Qaeda's Mesopotamian Branch: The Fugitives of the 3/11 Network14. After the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings: The Fallout in SpainNotesSources and BibliographyIndex

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The most rigorous book on the 2004 Madrid train bombings.