The Jihadist Plot — Now Also Available Internationally

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book, The Jihadist Plot: the Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, is now also available to Amazon customers based in Europe and, I gather, elsewhere in the world as well. The page is here. The book can also be purchased on some other local Amazon sites in Europe and elsewhere. Also now available in the US in paperback, presumably with availability on international Amazon sites to follow.

The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion is now available on here. Beware that as far as I know, it is not currently available when accessing from Europe or perhaps elsewhere outside of the United States. If readers could let me know their own experiences trying to access from outside the US, I’d much appreciate it. You can drop me a line at jrgencer[at] I will, of course, provide updates as I learn more. The book is also available for the ”Nook” reader at Barnes & Noble and as an Apple iBook (via iTunes). A paperback edition is forthcoming shortly.

Here is a description of what is inside:

“How could this happen in a country we helped liberate?” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pondered in the aftermath of the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi that left American ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion shows how it could have happened and why it did happen. It happened because in supporting the Libyan rebellion against Muammar al-Qaddafi, America and its allies, in effect, changed sides in the war on terror, securing the victory of some of the very Islamic extremist forces that they had been fighting for the previous decade.

The result is a Libya that is today under the sway of heavily-armed jihadist brigades that make no secret of their allegiance to al-Qaeda, proudly flying the al-Qaeda flag in broad daylight in Benghazi and other Libyan cities. Moreover, as the September 11 Benghazi attacks make clear, if America reversed course in Libya in order to join forces with jihadists, the jihadists remain exactly as they ever were, with the same ideology and the same hatred of America.

Exploding the myth of NATO’s “humanitarian intervention,” The Jihadist Plot tells the real story of the Libyan rebellion. It traces the itineraries of some of the notorious veterans of international jihad who served as the rebellion’s leading commanders and strategists and shows how NATO helped to create a new jihadist hero at the siege of Sirte. And it reveals that long before the onset of the so-called Arab Spring, Libya’s own al-Qaeda affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, had devised a plan to bring down the Qaddafi regime using some of the classic methods of jihadist terror: a plan that would be put into practice in the rebellion of February 2011.

Syria: Rebel Supporters Sing Ode to Bin Laden, 9/11 Attacks

Posted by John Rosenthal

A new video has emerged showing a large crowd of supporters of the Syrian rebellion singing an apparent ode to the 9/11 attacks that celebrates Osama bin Laden as “America’s worst nightmare.” For the clip, as well as the context of the rally it documents, see my new report at WND here.

From Fallujah to Aleppo: Veterans of Anti-American Jihad in the Syrian Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the Obama administration hastens to recognize the recently formed and supposedly “inclusive” Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, recent reports from in and around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo make clear that Syrian rebel forces on the ground consist virtually exclusively of jihadists, including self-avowed veterans of the al-Qaida-led insurgency against American forces in Iraq.

For details, see me new report at WND here.

America’s Libyan “Allies”: Osama bin Laden a Great Man

Posted by John Rosenthal

While Obama administration sources continue to suggest that the Sept. 11 anti-American attacks in Benghazi were the work of a “rogue” Libyan militia with links to al-Qaida, a new French documentary reveals just how thoroughly and openly the mainstream of last year’s Libyan rebellion was inspired by al-Qaida and its founder, Osama bin Laden.

For the details, see my new report on WorldNetDaily here.

French Libya Expert: Official Libyan Security Colludes with Ansar al-Sharia

Posted by John Rosenthal

It is now widely believed that a “rogue” Islamist militia was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi that took the lives of American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans; whereas a “loyal” Libyan-government-sponsored militia is supposed to have joined forces with American Marines in efforts to rescue American personnel.

But according to Patrick Haimzadeh, a leading French Libya expert, Islamists are in fact pervasive in the official Libyan security apparatus and the line separating “loyal” militias from “rogue” militias is porous at best…

See my new article on WorldNetDaily here.

Benghazi Attacks: Marines “Supported” by Radical Islamic Militia

Posted by John Rosenthal

Video and documentary evidence shows that a Libyan-government-sponsored militia that reportedly provided support to American Marines on the night of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks is a radical Islamic militia that, like the presumed assailants, flies the black flag of jihad.

For the details, see my new report on WorldNetDaily here.

In Rebel Syria: Summary Executions, Prisoner Abuse and Al-Qaeda Flags

Posted by John Rosenthal

There has recently been a small stir in the American media, as media organizations from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to the Associated Press have finally gotten around to acknowledging a “presence” of al-Qaeda and like-minded jihadist groups among the Syrian rebel forces seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But observations made by German journalist Daniel Etter during a recent visit to rebel-controlled towns near the embattled city of Aleppo suggest that there is no mere “presence” of jihadists among the rebels: religiously-inspired mujahideen is what the rebels are. The real question is whether there is a presence of anything else.

Etter’s report also provides evidence that rebel authorities are subjecting civilians to arbitrary detention and torture and summarily executing captured members of the regular Syrian armed forces.

For the details, see my new article on Asia Times Online here.

Update: A more complete version of this article, with links to source and supporting materials, is now available at the Investigative Project on Terrorism here.

In Bed with the Brotherhood? America, Germany and the Muslim Brothers

Posted by John Rosenthal

In light of the current American administration’s rapprochement with the Muslim Brotherhood, it is hardly surprising that many observers would regard a recent book by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Johnson as, in effect, the book of the hour. Bearing the sensational title A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Johnson’s volume contains an even more sensational thesis: namely, that the U.S. had already gotten involved with the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and that the Brotherhood’s leading representative in Europe at the time, Said Ramadan, was even a CIA asset! On Johnson’s account, the CIA helped Ramadan to seize control of the “mosque in Munich” of the book’s title. The claim is all the more sensational inasmuch as the mosque would in the aftermath of 9/11 come to be linked to al Qaeda. It is not difficult to understand, then, why Johnson’s book has been hailed as a “cautionary tale.”

And this it would be, were it not for the fact that the tale Johnson tells is not supported by the evidence. Recent German research based on many of the same archival sources does not only cast doubt on Johnson’s conclusions, it also broaches an obvious question that Johnson simply ignores: namely, to what extent were German authorities — and, in particular, the CIA’s German counterpart, the BND — cooperating with the Muslim Brothers? German author Stefan Meining has uncovered evidence that by the early 1980s there indeed existed a full-fledged “alliance between West German intelligence agencies and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

See my new essay in the current issue of Policy Review magazine – available online here.

German Intelligence: 90 Al-Qaeda Attacks in Syria in Last Six Months

Posted by John Rosenthal

German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks, which “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups,” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July. As reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, this was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question. In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted that the content of these reports was to remain classified “by reason of national interest”…

For these and related developments, see my new report at Asia Times Online here.