The Al Qaeda Connection

International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and the Coming Apocalypse

By Paul L. Williams
(Prometheus Books, Hardcover, 9781591023494, 280pp.)

Publication Date: September 2005

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The author reveals persuasive evidence that al Qaeda has now established connections with the Sicilian Mafia, which is helping to finance terrorism through the sale of heroin. In addition, through its ties to the Chechen Mafia, the group responsible for the heinous attack on a Russian school, al Qaeda has managed to obtain nuclear weapons from poorly secured and carelessly guarded storehouses in Russia. Perhaps the most disturbing evidence uncovered by Williams is the relation of al Qaeda to an obscure Salvadoran street gang, which calls itself Mara Salvatrucha and has expanded exponentially.
No other book deals with the connection between international, extremist Islamic terrorism and organized crime--a connection that has made possible the establishment of a well-financed branch of al Qaeda in Latin America and the creation of terrorist cells in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.



About the Author
Paul L. Williams is a journalist and the author of "Crescent Moon Rising", "The Day of Islam", "Osama's Revenge", "The Al Qaeda Connection", and "The Vatican Exposed", among other books. The winner of three first-place Keystone Press Awards for journalism, he has written articles for "USA Today", the "Wall Street Journal", and "National Review".
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