Pluto author Syed Saleem Shahzad, author of Inside Al – Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 has gone missing in Pakistan. According to Human Rights Watch, Shahzad is being held by Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). It is believed that he is being held for questioning in relation to an article in the Asia Times suggesting complicity between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Navy.
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Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11
Syed Saleem Shahzad
A unique insight into the post-Osama bin Laden generation of Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders from a journalist who has interviewed many of them.
“When Syed Saleem Shahzad talks, I listen. He is the most fearless and reliable journalist covering Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that’s why his work is read even in the halls of the Pentagon. No journalist passing through Pakistan should miss an opportunity to talk to him and nobody interested in the region, in Al-Qaeda or in the Taliban can afford to ignore his work.” – Nir Rosen, author of The Triumph of the Martyrs: A Reporter’s Journey Into Occupied Iraq
“Syed Saleem Shahzad has long been able to penetrate the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban organisations in a way that no other journalist has. His unique knowledge and contacts make his writing a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to understand those movements.” – Gareth Porter, historian and author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam