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Nine Lives

My Time As MI6's Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda

Aimen Dean Paul Cruickshank Tim Lister

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One World
13 July 2018
Biography; True stories; Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict; Espionage & secret services; Terrorism, armed struggle; Revolutionary groups & movements
As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden himself.

As a double agent at the heart of al-Qaeda's chemical weapons programme, he foiled attacks on civilians and saved countless lives, brushing with death so often that his handlers began to call him their spy with nine lives.

This is the story of how a young Muslim, determined to defend his faith, found himself fighting on the wrong side - and his fateful decision to work undercover for his sworn enemy. From the killing fields of Bosnia to the training camps of Afghanistan, from running money and equipment in Britain to dodging barrel bombs in Syria, we discover what life is like inside the global jihad, and what it will take to stop it once and for all.
By:   Aimen Dean, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 33mm
ISBN:   9781786074645
ISBN 10:   1786074648
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   13 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aimen Dean now consults on security and counter-terrorism for governments and the private sector with a focus on counter-terrorist finance. Paul Cruickshank is CNN's Terrorism Analyst and Editor-in-Chief of CTC Sentinel, the flagship publication of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Tim Lister is a British producer and reporter who has covered international news for the BBC and CNN for more than thirty years. They wrote the international bestseller Agent Storm with Morten Storm.

Reviews for Nine Lives: My Time As MI6's Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda

`A compelling and invaluable account of life inside al-Qaeda through the eyes of a first-rate spy. This unique narrative throws open the shutters of the secret world of terror.' -- Lawrence Wright, author of <i>The Looming Tower</i> `Aimen Dean has been on most of the major jihadist battlefields of the past three decades and met many of the most significant figures... Not only a gripping page-turner, but also an extraordinary contemporary history of the global terror threat.' -- Raffaello Pantucci, author of <i> We Love Death As You Love Life : Britain's Suburban Terrorists</i> `One of the most extraordinary, captivating and insightful accounts of involvement in the violent global jihad. For many years, Aimen Dean risked his life time and time again, penetrated the leadership of al-Qaeda and saved many lives. Britain owes him a debt of gratitude. A seminal book.' -- Richard Walton, Head of Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), New Scotland Yard, 2011-2016

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