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Al-Qaeda's Revenge

The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Fernando Reinares Bruce Riedel



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Columbia University Press
17 January 2017
In Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings, Fernando Reinares tells the story of 3/11 - the March 11, 2004, bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. He examines the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain from the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and discusses the preparations for and fallout from the attacks. Reinares draws on judicial, police, and intelligence documents to which he had privileged access, as well as on personal interviews with officials in Spain and elsewhere. His full analysis links the Madrid bombings to al-Qaeda's senior leadership and unveils connections between 3/11 and 9/11.

Al-Qaeda's Revenge, Spain's counterpart to The 9/11 Commission Report, was a bestseller in Spain.
By:   Fernando Reinares
Foreword by:   Bruce Riedel
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780231704540
ISBN 10:   0231704542
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   17 January 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fernando Reinares is director of the Program on Global Terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute, as well as professor of political science and security studies at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, both in Madrid. He coedited, with Bruce Hoffman, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death (Columbia, 2014). He is a Global Fellow of the Wilson Center, where he was a Public Policy Scholar in 2011, and he is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and American University in Washington.

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

The most rigorous book on the 2004 Madrid train bombings. -- Jorge Dezcallar, former director of Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI), Spain's intelligence service Fernando Reinares likely has written the definitive book on the origins of March 11. El Pais The most clear-headed and well-documented book on March 11. El Mundo Al-Qaeda's Revenge is one of the most important books written on the subject of radical Islamic terrorism in Europe and North America since 9/11. No other book has taken such an in-depth look at the way a plot was conceived and how a conspiracy of plotters came together to execute their plan. This kind of patient reconstruction of a terror attack is a model for intelligence and security services around the world to emulate to better understand the challenges they face. from the foreword by Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project, Brookings Institution This book will help educate experts and nonexperts about the operational methods of terrorist organizations. In particular it establishes parallels and comparisons with the September 11 attacks and the July 2005 London attacks. Luis Bitencourt, National Defense University An impressive piece of research, the implications of which stretch well beyond a single event more than a dozen years ago. The Economist

  • Short-listed for Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize 2017

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