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The last refuge : Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's war in Arabia / Gregory D. Johnsen.


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Johnsen, Gregory D.
Publication date:
1st ed. - New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.
  • Book
  • xv, 352 p. : map ; 25 cm.
Title Variation:
Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's war in Arabia
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • A far-off land
  • The next Afghanistan
  • The dogs of war
  • Faith and wisdom
  • The southern job
  • Allies
  • A new war
  • Attrition
  • Victory
  • Rehab
  • A revolt in the North
  • Prison cells
  • Policy shift
  • The great escape
  • Resurrecting al-Qaeda
  • Echoes of battles
  • The merger
  • Targets
  • Out of the shadows.
Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia. The Last Refuge charts the rise, fall, and resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen over the last thirty years, detailing how a group that the United States once defeated has now become one of the world's most dangerous threats. An expert on Yemen who has spent years on the ground there, Gregory D. Johnsen uses al-Qaeda's Arabic battle notes to reconstruct their world as they take aim at the United States and its allies. Johnsen brings readers inside al-Qaeda's training camps and safe houses as the terrorists plot and debate. The Last Refuge is an eye-opening look at the successes and failures of fighting a new type of war in one of the most turbulent countries in the world.-- From publisher description.

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