Last Refuge Excerpt: The Bomber and His Brother
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
This weekend the Toronto Star published an excerpt from The Last Refuge entitled: "The Bomber and His Brother," which looks at Ibrahim and Abdullah Asiri.
The piece opens:
A decade ago, in the months after Sept. 11, the boy who would become one of Al Qaeda’s most famous suicide bombers turned 16. Skinny and frail, Abdullah Asiri was starting to question the assumptions that had guided much of his young life in Saudi Arabia. His older brother and best friend, Ibrahim, a man now described as an “evil genius” by U.S. officials for his cleverly made bombs, had just left home to pursue a degree in chemistry at Riyadh’s King Saud University across town. But the brothers’ days as bomber and bomb maker were all years in the future. In 2002, they were just teenagers, a questioning young boy and a college freshman.
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