The New Jackals

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The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism is a book by Simon Reeve.

Published in 1998, this New York Times bestseller was the first book on Osama bin Laden, Ramzi Yousef, and Al-Qaeda[citation needed]. Classified documents obtained by the author detailed the existence, development, and aims of al Qaeda.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

According to The New Jackals, a group of several thousand men who fought against the Soviets during the Afghan War of the 1980s, later dominated international terrorism. Author Simon Reeve warned that many of these men, known as the ‘Afghan Arabs’, became the core of al Qaeda. Reeve states these men were a new breed of terrorist, militants with no restrictions on mass killing. The New Jackals concluded that by 1988, the world was entering a new age of apocalyptic terrorism; Reeve predicted al Qaeda would launch massive attacks on Western targets.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the book was republished with a new epilogue, which warns the West remains vulnerable to further attacks, possibly from biological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction.


Published 1998 by Andre Deutsch (later Carlton) in the United Kingdom and NUP in the U.S., ISBN 1-55553-509-7.


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