Quilliam has released its English translation of ‘The Other Face of Al-Qaeda’, a ground-breaking series of six articles recently published in Arabic by Al-Hayat newspaper. The articles were written by Camille Tawil, Al-Hayat’s leading expert on Islamist terrorism, with the help of Noman Benotman, a senior analyst at Quilliam who was formerly a leader of the Libyan Jihadist Fighting Group (LIFG) working alongside al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Sudan and elsewhere.

 This series of six translated articles:

• Illuminate the inner working of al-Qaeda prior to and immediately after the 9-11 attacks

• Expose the differences within al-Qaeda’s leadership and between al-Qaeda and the Taliban

• Explain al-Qaeda’s attempts to expand its influence into Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Africa, Egypt and the Levant


‘The Other Face of Al-Qaeda’ is also important because it effectively challenges al-Qaeda’s own self-image, revealing an organisation that is often reckless, confused and chaotic and which feuds frequently with its members, affiliate organisations and key allies. Al-Qaeda’s leaders are similarly shown to have little strategic sense and to often let down their own followers and supporters – including the Taliban to whom Osama bin Laden had pledged loyalty and allegiance.

The translation is available for free download as a pdf here.

Quilliam is releasing this translation to increase public knowledge of al-Qaeda and to help popularise a counter-narrative that can effectively challenge al-Qaeda’s own propaganda. This translation will also assist policy-makers working to understand the differences between the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. For further information on this and other topics, please contact us at [email protected] or call 020 7182 7286.

Quilliam event with author

This coming Monday, Quilliam will be holding a roundtable ‘Al Qaeda: past, present and future’ with Camille Tawil. The event will be held on Monday 22nd November 2010, 13:00-14:00 at Central London location (tba).
For more details, please email [email protected]  or call 020 7182 7284.