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Author Smucker, Philip.

Title Al Qaeda's great escape : the military and the media on terror's trail / Philip Smucker
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, [2004]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  958.1046 Smu/Aqg  AVAILABLE
Description xxv, 229 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : Mad mullahs run amok -- Been loadin' for bin Laden -- The stake out -- The big adios -- Osama slips the noose -- Operation Vampire -- Meeting your maker -- Conclusion : Chasing the mad mullahs -- Epilogue : A diaspora run amok
Summary "When President Bush announced in a televised speech the week after September 11 that he wanted Osama bin Laden "dead or alive," a grieving nation seeking justice and revenge roared in approval. Two years later, as al Qaeda's associates mounted almost weekly attacks against U.S. interests and bin Laden still roamed the earth as a free man, Americans wondered why. With both the military and the media declaring the war in Afghanistan over and a resounding success, Philip Smucker examines in Al Qaeda's Great Escape what kind of victory we can rightfully claim." "Primarily focusing on the major battles of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda, Smucker details how bin Laden and scores of highly trained al Qaeda fighters managed to slip unnoticed out of eastern Afghanistan, despite the presence of the overwhelming U.S. military power that had already decimated the Taliban."
"To balance his reproach, Smucker turns a critical eye on post-9/11 developments in his own profession. Smucker charges that western media outlets, eager to satisfy their audience's thirst for revenge, began losing their grasp on journalistic objectivity while covering the military's pursuit of bin Laden. Blinding patriotism and an unhealthy reliance on the Pentagon's press releases led the media to portray events that did not reflect the reality on the ground in Afghanistan." -- BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-224) and index
Subject Bin Laden, Osama, 1957-2011.
Smucker, Philip.
Qaida (Organization)
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Press coverage -- Afghanistan.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Journalists.
War correspondents -- United States -- Biography.
War correspondents -- Afghanistan -- Biography.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Afghanistan.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2003016233
ISBN 1574886282 (cloth : alk. paper)
1574886290 (paperback)