NATO blasts Russia's 'hollow denials' over unwarra... » NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Last week an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine... UK ups threat-level from international terrorism » Home Office Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP Home Secretary announces change from SUBSTANTI... Royal Navy rakes in £21 million during drug bust ... » Photo: MoD A Royal Navy warship has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of ... Get serious about security or quit, Jonathan! » Agreed Nigeria has never been the most peaceful country in the world, but the current spate of insec... Gallagher wins again for innovative security produ... » The New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) has awarded Gallagher 'Innovative Security Product of th... Met launches multi-agency operation to tackle rou... » The Metropolitan Police is today, 29 August, targeting begging and rough-sleeping hotspots across Lo... NaviSite launches two additional UK Cloud Nodes » LONDON: NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable has announced that they have launched two new N... Tech Trailblazers Awards announce "Firestarter" bu... » London, UK: Tech Trailblazers Awards has announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed start... Varonis keeps Emerson Industrial Automation secu... » Varonis Systems, Inc. has explained how its product suite has helped Emerson Industrial Automation r... Lieberman Software hits the ground running in Euro... » Privilege management expert sees huge success in European market after only six months London, UK: ...

CLICK HERE TO

Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.

READ MORE

Subscribe to Vigilance Weekly

Useful Links

SIA Logo

Terrorism Watch Magazine

Guarding bin Laden: My Life in al-Qaeda

In Guarding bin Laden: My Life in al-Qaeda, published 22 June, Nasser al-Bahri, who was Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard 1996 - 2001, gives a dramatic account of  daily life in the terror group's secret HQ and training camps. He also reveals how he gradually became disenchanted with violent extremism, falling out with bin Laden and eventually leaving the organization shortly before 9/11.

London, UK, 10 June 2013

 

Nasser al-Bahri decided to tell his story, considering himself a witness to history and in the hope that his first-hand account of a life of extremism, violence and eventual repentance, might dissuade other young men from jihad.

 

Al-Bahri's journey to extremism began in his teens when he was radicalized in Saudi Arabia. Headstrong and angered by American intervention in the first Gulf War, he determined to 'die a martyr' and went in search of jihad against the West; first in Bosnia, then Somalia and, eventually, Afghanistan where he fell in with al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Osama bin Laden was quick to spot the young Bahri's intelligence and spirit, rapidly promoting him to his personal security detail. The two men became close and al-Bahri describes bin Laden's domestic life, with four wives and a rapidly expanding family, as well as his relationships with the other leaders, such as Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al-Bahri's first doubts arose when he was instructed to cold-bloodedly murder a colleague as 'practise' for killing an American soldier.

Arrested on his return to his native Yemen in Spring 2001, Bahri was interrogated by the FBI: 'A goldmine of highly important information,' said Ali Soufan, the FBI agent who interviewed him for several weeks.

For Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's 'bin Laden unit', Bahri was 'more important than any high-ranking prisoner we transferred to Guantanamo because he had direct access to bin Laden.'

Bahri's memoir, written in collaboration with the celebrated Figaro journalist, Georges Malbrunot, who was himself held hostage by al-Qaeda in Iraq, was originally published in French in 2010 by Michel Lafon (as Dans l'Ombre de ben Laden) and received excellent reviews. This is the first English translation.