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Jason Burke is an author and journalist with the British Sunday newspaper The Observer, where he is currently Europe editor. Based in Paris, he covers a wide range of topics including politics, social affairs and culture in Europe and the Mediterranean such as the 2006 Serie A scandal that affected Italian football. [1] Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

Burke has also lived in Pakistan and Afghanistan writing on Islamic extremism amongst other issues. Among numerous other conflicts, he covered the war of 2001 in Afghanistan and that of 2003 in Iraq. In 2003 Jason Burke authored, Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror. The book was updated and republished as Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam. Both versions argued that al-Qaeda was not a monolithic outfit and that the West's foreign policy is fuelling Islamic extremism. Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror is a 2003 book by Jason Burke about the history and goals of Al_Qaeda. ...

Giles Foden, writing in The Guardian, a sister newspaper of The Observer, notes that Burke describes "how after September 11 he became increasingly concerned about the misconceptions that were gaining currency. 'Foremost among them was the idea that Bin Laden led a cohesive and structured terrorist organisation called al-Qaida.' In its place Burke first rehearses the idea of the meta-network - al-Qaida as the UN of terrorism - which other experts have already evoked."[2] The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

A further book, On the Road to Kandahar: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World was published in 2006. The BBC Middle East analyst, Roger Hardy, reviewed the book and described Burke as "engaging, good-humoured, nagged on occasion by fear and self-doubt, moved and sometimes overwhelmed by the world's humanity and inhumanity. He gets drunk, girlfriends come and go, he takes part in a naked table-tennis tournament in post- liberation Baghdad. He fits easily into the company of raw young troops from Michigan and Milwaukee stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, for whom war is a real-time version of Full Metal Jacket." [3]

Hugh Miles, writing in The Independent, described Burke's second book as follows: "He is the consummate freewheeling journalist, who drinks, smokes roll-ups and the occasional joint, rides a motorbike and likes listening to funk. His objective is to shatter preconceptions and generalisations about Islam, overthrow the 'clash of civilisations' theory, expose myths and show the humanity of all people, whether they call themselves Muslims or not. He fulfils all this admirably well, taking us on a terror tour to the front line of conflicts involving militant Is-lamism: Gaza, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Kurdistan. He interviews a shady cast of characters, including a football-loving suicide bomber, a Ba'athist torturer, the Taliban and Jihadi prisoners." [4] The Independent is a British compact newspaper published by Tony OReillys Independent News & Media. ...


  • Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam (ISBN 1-85043-666-5)
  • Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror (ISBN 1-85043-396-8)
  • On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through Conflict in the Islamic World (ISBN 0-385-66236-X), (ISBN 0-7139-9896-2)

Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror is a 2003 book by Jason Burke about the history and goals of Al_Qaeda. ...

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Jason Burke in Baghdad reports on the confused psychology of the Iraqi resistance and meets a Sunni guerrilla who welcomed the Americans at first but is now happy to have GIs, especially fl GIs, in his sights.
Jason Burke investigates the network of Islamic radicals who found a haven in England and turned its capital city into Londonistan, the world HQ for jihad atrocities (26 January 2003).
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Burke, in attempt to fit the current bombings into the argument on which he has already staked his medium-term future (the hypothesis underlying his upcoming book), is building another strawman to hide a fundamental fact.
Burke repeatedly asserts that an impromtu gang such as al-Tubaiti's was responsible for attacks such as that under study.
Jason Burke is a correspondent for The Guardian-Observer and reportedly an expert in Afghanistan and international terrorism.
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