This is an original story of how Abu Hamza, a relatively insignificant man became an international threat to peace. Recently, thousands of fighters have travelled from Europe and even the United States to support the new incarnation of IS in Iraq. What can be done to stem the flow? It is a battle of ideas the West is losing amongst a significant number of people in search of an alternative identity to the one they grew up with in the UK, Europe or the USA. One of the pressing questions for all of us is will this end up in more violence coming back home? Abu Hamza: Guilty follows an historical timeline. Starting in 1988, it helps the reader track the resurgence of Islamism in Algeria after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the end of the Cold War. Réda stood for election as part of the radical Islamic party and fell out with them. _x001C_He was then blackmailed by the security services as the Algerian state clamped down on the Islamists._x001C__x001C_ Arriving in London, Réda continued spying for the French and Algerians, at the same time building a relationship with MI5. He was feeding powerful information to the police and secret services but no one appeared to be doing anything about it. Whilst Réda became more frustrated, Hamza became more powerful in the Al Qaeda network, acting as Europe’s Al Qaeda recruiter at Finsbury Park Mosque in North London. Eventually, after a battle which cost him his health and his marriage, Réda gave evidence which helped get Abu Hamza extradited to the US in 2012. The story culminates in the New York trial earlier this year which actually drew on some of the evidence presented as an eye-witness account in this book. Abu Hamza: Guilty – The fight against radical Islam provides the back-story and context to one of the highest profile terrorism cases in the United States in 2014. It reveals why in January 2015 Abu Hamza was sentenced to life imprisonment in one of America’s toughest jails.
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Réda Hassaïne is a journalist and former Algerian, French and British Security Service informant who was employed to gather information on Abu Hamza at Finsbury Park Mosque. Investigative journalist Kurt Barling has produced critically acclaimed documentaries and seminal current aff_x001E_airs programmes for the BBC for over a quarter of a century, he is also Professor in Journalism at Middlesex University. By sheer coincidence, both men were working at the same time undercover at Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s and early 2000s. Both were unique eye-witnesses to the birth of British jihadism and the attempts to radicalise young men and build a global jihadi movement to in_x001D_flict harm on the West.