By Tracy Dahlby

ISBN-10: 0060561114

ISBN-13: 9780060561116

ISBN-10: 0061581186

ISBN-13: 9780061581182

On the front–lines with the construction of Al Queda forces in Indonesia either ahead of and after 9-11, written in provocative variety via the previous Asia bureau leader for Newsweek foreign.

In Allah's Torch, nationwide Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, nearly lawless area of Indonesia, the place overlapping strains of radical Islamic rage are actually converging in Asia, posing new threats to Westerners at domestic and abroad.

From the instant the journey starts off, the evening the writer error on board an Indonesian passenger send with six hundred Islamic warriors on an anti–Christian jihad, readers glimpse the passions, politics and personalities fuelling radical Islam's relentless march. We hear as Koran–thumping preachers, hardened holy warriors and fresh–faced recruits, police investigators, army commandos, and spies try and make feel of the epidemic chaos that threatens the zone – and now the realm beyond.

Based on reporting either earlier than and after September eleven, Allah's Torch is an action–packed and thought–provoking narrative that allows readers to work out the face of Islamic terror extra essentially and verify the probability for themselves.

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Part of it was his raspy bullhorn of a voice, his lively way of telling a story, and the way his arms shot out at all angles to illustrate whatever point he was trying to make at the time. But it was in his flat, slightly crumpled nose that I detected the sign of a man who knew how to handle himself in a rough situation, and I decided I would stick as closely to Pontoh as I possibly could from there on out. -sponsored plebiscite marked the beginning of the end of a period of world-class brutality, which had started in 1975 when Indonesia illegally annexed the former Portuguese colony with the tacit approval of then-president Gerald Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger.

Then instantly brightening, she added,“But breakfast in the dining room is good, yah? “Enjoy, boys. I’m going up to the bridge to say hello to the captain—and see if he’s armed. Ha, ha, ha. ” When Norman and I stepped into the corridor a few minutes later, no fewer than fifty jihadi heads snapped in my direction, and I was absolutely positive I’d be a goner before I could make it the fifty yards to the breakfast rolls. But it was then, while I involuntarily glanced down at the holy warriors to avoid trampling any toes, that I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Now a half-century later the kids on board the Bukit Siguntang were at least theoretically riding the ideas of Islamic utopia into battle at Ambon. From the looks of them, however, you really had to wonder if all that many knew exactly what they were getting themselves into. Frankly, I came to suspect that, not unlike the doughboys who left the family farm in Wisconsin or Somerset to hustle off to Flanders fields and the carnage of trench warfare in World War I (or the young in any war, for that matter), these kids were rallying in support of a vaguely shining idea bigger than themselves, dreams of exalted glory, and hoping for a crackling good adventure into the bargain.

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