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Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA by Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank

By Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank

Morten hurricane used to be an not going Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, hurricane spent his adolescents out and in of difficulty. A e-book in regards to the Prophet Mohammed caused his conversion to Islam, and hurricane sought objective in a group of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and have become shut neighbors with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. yet after a decade of Jihadi existence, he not just repudiated extremism yet, in a quest for atonement, grew to become a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

Agent typhoon takes readers contained in the jihadist global like by no means sooner than, exhibiting the way of life of zealous males set on mass homicide, from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders within the Arabian wasteland to education in extremist gyms in Britain and appearing offer drops in Kenya. The ebook additionally presents a tantalizing examine his risky lifestyles undercover, as hurricane traveled the area for missions concentrating on its most deadly terrorists , and into the world’s strongest undercover agent businesses: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, in addition to their ruthless use of an attractive blonde in an formidable honey catch. Agent hurricane is an enthralling, totally specific, real-life espionage story.

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