My Jihad

My Jihad : An American Mujahid's Amazing Experiences in the World of Jihad, Osama Bin Laden's Camps and the C.I.A.

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He has been described as a "beefy-linebacker, all-American, blue-eyed, Irish-American mujahid holy warrior" who has led a life of faith, danger and espionage in some of the most perilous war zones on the face of the earth. It all started when a fellow worshipper in his San Diego mosque suggested that he go to Bosnia to stop the Serb-sponsored genocide that was taking place there. This eventually led him to Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan, where he trained with the most aggressive and terrfiying mujahadeen in the world. But when a commander asked him to raid a town in Kashmir that would include the hostage taking and killing of civilians, his life took another turn. As he was fighting Jihad in Chechnya, terrorist attacks across the world shocked him and he became disillusioned by the way they were using Islam to further their own ends ot to attack innocents. He was recruited by the US government as an undercover operative in the fight against terrorism.
His callous treatment by inept members of the law enforcement and intelligence community provides insight into why the US government can't fight against something it doesn't understand; the FBI and CIA have now spent millions of dollars to understand the events that led up to September 11, even as the information was theirs for the taking. Aukai not only became familiar with one of the leaders of the attack on America, he also became acquainted with one of the hijackers and was invited to return to Osama bin Laden's training camps. This book is the personal story about the biggest threat to world peace and stability in our generation, as told by an insider.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 257 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, maps
  • 1585745650
  • 9781585745654

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"Aukai Collins was the highlight of a two-day conference on terrorism, conducted by the Virginia-based Terrorist Research Center. American-born Collins is the author of very bracing memoir."--"The Boston Phoenix" "" "A combination of frank simplicity and cold-blooded violence. Even if we don't believe every story Collins tells, his dual allegiance to America and Islam provides us with an intriguing insider's perspective on the alien world of jihad."--"Time magazine" "The writing is personal and the language often crude. Collins is not squeamish about violence, weapons, or power. But the sequence of tales provide a clear idea of the life of a mujahid."--" Book News" " "
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