Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation
An unparalleled look into the Iraqi insurgency and the multitude of forces that continue to shape it, Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation presents a chilling account of the regrouping of terror networks, and the development of an Iraqi resistance since the invasion by coalition forces over two years ago. One of the world's leading specialists on terrorism, economist Loretta Napoleoni is uniquely qualified to make sense of the ways in which terror networks do and do not operate in Iraq, and what role they play in the Iraqi resistance.Insurgent Iraq is predominantly the story of the infamous new face of al Qaeda, al Zarqawi, and of his complicated history and involvement in the region. Napoleoni illustrates how the working class, uneducated Jordanian was propelled into power through the American fabrication that named him the supposed link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to justify the pre-emptive Iraq war. This lethal fabrication, Napoleoni finds, succeeded in constructing a new enemy to represent the terrorist threat, making al Zarqawi the legendary new symbol of the fight against America, and a convenient target to justify assault on Iraq, and demonize the Iraqi resistance. As a result, the construction of al Zarqawi, and his only subsequent rise in Iraq, has helped instigate the escalated violence between the Shiite and the Sunni, which operates in a myriad of directions, alongside a continued resistance to coalition forces. Napoleoni warns that al Zarqawi's agitation of internal conflict in Iraq could ultimately push the country into outright civil war with strong ethnic and religious divides.
Is the insurgency in Iraq a counter-Crusade, a national liberation movement, or a civil war? With a complex understanding of all the intricacies inherent in such a question, Napoleoni provides a mindful discussion, offering a much-needed understanding of how the US occupation of Iraq has catalyzed the cultural, religious, and political divides within the country to create a wholly changed, more volatile landscape. Composed of independent Iraqi Jihadist groups, Islamo-Nationalist and Baath party resistance, ethnic infighting between Sunni, Shiite and Kurd, and foreign suicide bombers, the resistance is a divided yet maintains one demand: the end of US occupation.
Overall, Napoleoni offers a break-down of the current political landscape in Iraq, and a renovated al Queda. Insurgent Iraq is a necessary read for anyone concerned with the future of Iraq, or seeking greater insight into the U.S.s critical role in the Middle East.
"A masterpiece … This book should be required reading for everyone in the White House, State Department and Pentagon." —G reg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
"Napoleoni has accomplished an extraordinary task of research in tracking, finding and graphically describing the financiers and the institutions supporting global terrorism, including al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden." John K. Cooley, author of Unholy Wars
About Loretta Napoleoni
Loretta Napoleoni is the author of the bestselling book Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality, which has been translated into fourteen languages, and Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism, which has been translated into twelve languages. One of the world's leading experts on money laundering and terror financing, she has worked as London correspondent and columnist for La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, El País, and Le Monde. A former Fulbright scholar, she holds an MA in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPhil in terrorism from the London School of Economics. For her work as a consultant for the commodities markets, she traveled regularly to Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, where she has met top financial and political leaders. She lives in London.