By Omar Nasiri

Among 1994 and 2000, Omar Nasiri labored as a undercover agent for Europe’s most sensible overseas intelligence services-including France’s DGSE (Direction Générale de l. a. Sécurité Extérieure), and Britain’s MI5 and MI6. From the netherworld of Islamist cells in Belgium, to the educational camps of Afghanistan, to the unconventional mosques of London, he risked his lifestyles to defeat the rising worldwide community that the West may come to grasp as Al Qaeda. Now, for the 1st time, Nasiri stocks the tale of his life-a existence balanced precariously among the realm of Islamic jihadists and the spies who pursue them. As an Arab and a Muslim, he used to be capable of infiltrate the rigidly managed Afghan education camps, the place he encountered males who may later be often called the most-wanted terrorists in the world: Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, Abu Zubayda, and Abu Khabab al-Masri. despatched again to Europe with directions to shape a sleeper telephone, Nasiri turned a conduit for messages going backward and forward among Al Qaeda’s best recruiter in Pakistan and London’s radical cleric Abu Qatada.

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Something more about that second cable, the one mentioning catalogue? ’ ‘Yes,’ confirmed Novikov. Thank God and the fairies for bureaucratic rigidity, thought Charlie. ’ ‘I don’t know,’ said the Russian, in careful qualification. ’ ‘The operative,’ said Novikov. Charlie nodded. ‘That’s what I think, too,’ he said. ’ ‘Yes,’ agreed Novikov. ’ ‘I think other people made wrong assumptions,’ said Charlie. ’ ‘Of course. Everything is. ’ Charlie nodded again, in agreement. ’ ‘The Third,’ agreed Novikov.

That wasn’t unusual, acknowledged Charlie: that was sensational. ’ he queried, isolating the operative word. ‘He was getting jumpy, so we agreed to his defection,’ nodded the Director. ‘Then he became convinced he was under active investigation so he ran, crossing at the Finnish border. ’ asked Charlie. ‘Two months ago,’ came in Harkness. The timing meant other people were conducting the debriefing, realized Charlie, relieved. He had a special reason for not liking debriefings. ’ he said. ‘That’s why you’re here,’ said Wilson.

He supposed he should have guessed that Harkness wouldn’t let the matter drop, despite the Director lifting his suspension. Vindictive bugger. What would Harkness do when the bank manager’s letter arrived? ’ ‘You understand it well enough,’ insisted the Deputy Director. ‘You haven’t got away with anything: you’ve been assigned because the Director thinks you have some special ability for a case like this. Which I, incidentally, do not. ’ Harkness’s face flared, in his anger. ’ ‘I always try,’ said Charlie.

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