The Resource The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA, Joby Warrick

The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA, Joby Warrick

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The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA
Title
The triple agent
Title remainder
the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA
Statement of responsibility
Joby Warrick
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  • Al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA
  • Al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the Central Intelligence Agency
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eng
Summary
In December 2009, Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda, was pegged as a rising superspy for the CIA. Instead he triple crossed the CIA's top terrorist hunters, setting off a suicide bomb that killed seven operatives. Here is the story of a single year in the CIA's secret war on terror
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  • Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for the Washington Post, untangles the knotty story of Humam Khalil al-Balawi, the Jordanian al-Qaeda double agent responsible for the 2009 suicide bombing of a facility in Khost, Afghanistan, in this accessible and fast-paced debut. A rising star in American espionage, al-Balawi had seemed to insinuate himself into the highest levels of al-Qaeda with remarkable swiftness and ease and had committed to assassinating Osama Bin Laden's deputy. Instead, his real mission was accomplished when he detonated a bomb strapped to his chest, killing seven CIA operatives, the agency's greatest loss of life in decades. Warrick builds a case for the military and institutional miscommunications that failed to sniff out al-Balawi's deceptions with meticulous detail and the atmosphere of a political thriller. While he introduces a who's who of terrorist figures and organizations and ably conveys the high-pressure world of international espionage in the bureaucracy of the CIA, he also gives the story a cinematic feel with suspenseful foreshadowing, rich character development—especially of the murdered agents and their families—and a remarkable amount of heart. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 13, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 24, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ This is a true story that reads like a thrilling spy novel. Warrick (Washington Post ), a Pulitzer Prize winner whose specialty is covering intelligence, presents a riveting account of Humam Khalil al-Balawi, the presumptive Jordanian double agent recruited by the CIA in Washington's war against al-Qaeda. For some time, al-Balawi had been sending invaluable, firsthand information to the CIA about the inner workings of al-Qaeda and its top leadership. Al-Balawi had purportedly become a confidant of al-Qaeda's elusive No. 2 leader, Egyptian physician Ayman al-Zawahiri. The "double agent" had promised to provide the CIA with its biggest victory in its war on terrorism by delivering al-Zawahiri. After a waiting period, a special CIA team was to meet with the mysterious double agent in a secret spot in Khost, Afghanistan, to receive the much anticipated information about al-Zawahiri. On December 30, 2009, al-Balawi entered the location, but instead of delivering the anticipated intelligence, he detonated a 30-pound bomb strapped to his chest, killing himself and seven CIA agents. VERDICT Warrick's straight journalistic report, without editorializing, is highly recommended both to those who follow the U.S. war on terror and to all readers of spy and espionage thrillers, whether fictional or not. [See Prepub Alert, 1/10/11.]— Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile --Nader Entessar (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 10, p111)
  • The story of how the Central Intelligence Agency continued its record of failure in the so-called war on terrorism, with fatal consequences. In his debut, Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post intelligence reporter Warrick focuses on Dec. 30, 2009, when CIA officials, U.S. military personnel and Pakistani and Afghani operatives gathered at a well-protected base in Khost, Afghanistan, to meet a Jordanian pediatrician who had seemingly become a valued spy for the Americans inside Muslim terrorist networks. But as the book's title suggests, Humam Khalil al-Balawi, despite supposedly careful vetting by CIA and Pakistani experts, was actually on the side of the anti-American warriors willing to sacrifice their lives in order to kill Westerners. Once inside the base, Balawi ignited a bomb strapped to his chest, killing seven CIA personnel. Although the classified-information obstacles and polished lies of master spies make accurate reporting on such embarrassing fatalities extremely difficult, Warrick demonstrates the initiative that has marked his newspaper career to share details that are mostly attributed and seem credible. An able storyteller, Warrick provides enough background on each key character to make them come alive. With so much focus on Osama bin Laden since 9/11—especially the failures of presidents Bush and Obama to fulfill their vows that he will be captured—it is easy for readers to forget that many other faith-based operatives from al-Qaeda and related organizations know how to lure American personnel into death traps. Warrick demonstrates the skills of those operatives while quietly exposing the lack of wisdom continually demonstrated by American government and military officials. An alarming narrative, especially so because of its understated, never-shrill tone.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011)
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individual biography
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393331
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Warrick, Joby
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  • 363.325092
  • B
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Balawi, Humam Khalil al-
  • Qaida (Organization)
  • United States
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Suicide bombers
  • Informers
  • Spies
  • Physicians
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adult
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the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA
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The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA, Joby Warrick
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-233) and index
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385534185
Lccn
2011002639
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps, portraits (some color), photographs (some color)
Label
The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA, Joby Warrick
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-233) and index
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385534185
Lccn
2011002639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits (some color), photographs (some color)

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