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Osama bin LadenÆs words carry a great deal of weight in the West. When he speaks, or allegedly speaks, we listen. But what about the words of other key leaders in the Al-Qa'ida terrorist network? We can learn how to conduct the war on terrorism more successfully when we study their own manuals, written for their followers. But few Americans, despite their expertise in intelligence or security, know Arabic.

Fortunately Norman Cigar is fluent, and here he presents the first English translation of Abd al-Aziz al-MuqrinÆs ôA Practical Course for Guerrilla War.ö Saudi security forces killed Al-Muqrin, Al-Qa'idaÆs leader in the Arabian Peninsula, in June 2004. Published posthumously, his Arabic-language manual provides a window into Al-QaidaÆs strategic thinking and into how these terrorists operate. Accompanying the textÆs translation is material on al-MuqrinÆs life and CigarÆs cogent and detailed analysis of the key ideas in the jihadistÆs doctrine and the results of Al-Qa'idaÆs insurgency efforts on the Arabian Peninsula.

This important work provides a primary source for students in the professional military education system who want to read a variety of military thinkers and develop insights into all warfighting philosophies, especially those emanating from non-Western sources. Academics, think tank analysts, and government officials in the United States and abroad will also find the work relevant to their own work on Al-Qa'ida and insurgency theory. With a foreword by Julian Lewis, MP, the Shadow Defence Minister for Great Britain.

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