03 September 2011

Killed at 41, Shahzad revealed the Taliban's resurgence

Sayed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, was killed in May, the same month his rare and informed view of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 was published. His body was found in a canal on May 31, two days after he was kidnapped in Islamabad and killed, as many journalists believe, by members of the Pakistani intelligence service.

The book was clearly rushed into print as evidenced by many typographical errors and a few failures of attribution, but his insider’s account of the Taliban resurgence that started in 2006 is essential. Shahzad names the people recruited and employed to rebuild the Taliban in the Pakistani frontier and advance al-Qaeda’s long-range vision to defeat the United States in an end-times showdown in the Middle East.

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