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Revisited: An Al-Qaida recruit-turned-spy and the road to 9/11 podcast | News

This week we’re revisiting a few of our favorite episodes from 2021. This episode was first broadcast on 9 September.

To many individuals, the sight of two airliners hitting the twin towers in New York prompted an instantaneous query: who did this? To Jason Burke and Aimen Dean, the reply was apparent. Burke had already reported extensively on the terrorist community, travelling in Afghanistan as he sought to perceive its motivations and command construction. Dean knew first hand what Osama bin Laden’s agenda was: he had met the terrorist chief twice, and educated as a bomb-maker in Afghanistan earlier than turning and changing into a spy for MI6.

On this episode, the second of three analyzing the reverberations of 9/11 20 years on, Michael Safi asks Burke and Dean how al-Qaida developed the capability for an assault that will change the course of historical past. They usually mirror on the fallout from Bin Laden’s “catastrophic success”, controversial even to his friends, and how the organisation survived and tailored to stay a risk after 20 years.

You should buy Aimen Dean’s e-book, 9 Lives: My Time As MI6’s High Spy Inside al-Qaeda, here.



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