The Black Banners

The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda

By Ali H. Soufan; Daniel Freedman
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393079425, 572pp.)

Publication Date: September 12, 2011

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Description
On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier when it was requested the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge. This narrative account of America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.



About the Author
Ali H. Soufan, a former FBI special agent, served on the front lines against al-Qaeda and gained an international reputation as a top counterterrorism operative and interrogator. He has been profiled in "The New Yorker" and featured in books, newspaper articles, and documentaries around the globe.

Ali H. Soufan, a former FBI special agent, served on the front lines against al-Qaeda and gained an international reputation as a top counterterrorism operative and interrogator. He has been profiled in "The New Yorker" and featured in books, newspaper articles, and documentaries around the globe.


NPR
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011

Former FBI agent and interrogator Ali Soufan talks about dysfunction and rivalries inside the government's counterterrorism agencies that led to missed opportunities � as well as the ineffectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques on collecting intelligence. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Monday, Sep 12, 2011

In a new book, The Black Banners, former FBI interrogator Ali H. Soufan reveals secrets about both the operations of terrorists as well as the American operations to locate and bring them to justice. More at NPR.org

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