The myth of Al Zarqawi & the New Jihadist generation

Loretta Napoleoni is an economist and expert on the economics of terrorism. She has several books to her credit, including a remarkable study of Arabic finance, its connection to Islamic terrorism and interface with western economies (see Cafe Diplo 24th January 2004). Her book “Terror Inc.” was published by Penguin, and “Made in America: Al Zarqawi & the Future of the Islamic Jihad” will be published in November by Constable & Robinson. This talk will cover the US creation of the myth of Al Zarqawi, his impact on the insurgency in Iraq and on the Jihadist movement in the West. Loretta was once consultant for US Homeland Security and was the Chair of the Countering Terrorism Financing Group for the Madrid Conference on Democracy, Terrorism and Security.

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