Abdel Bari Atwan

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Of Palestinian heritage, Abdel Bari Atwan is the Editor of an influential U.K. based Arabic language-based newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, and has written several books on Islamic politics, as well as writing for both Western (e.g., CNN, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, New York Times) and Islamic media (e.g., Khlaleej Times, Al-Ahram. While he is regarded as sympathetic to some of the goals of Osama bin Laden, he also has written insightfully, understanding both the radical and the Western view.[1]

When he is writing interpretively, he has reported on the various sides of a controversy, such as liberalism vs. religion in Saudi Arabia.[2] He is often cited, as by Peter Bergen regarding interviews with Osama bin Laden.[3] He is not deferential in discussing the strategy-making in al-Qaeda.[4]


  1. Michael Scheuer (2006), Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America (Revised edition ed.), Potomac Books, ISBN 1574889672, p. 385
  2. Abdel Bari Atwan (March 23, 2009), Liberal and Religious Wings in Saudi Arabia
  3. Peter L. Bergen (2006), The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader, Free Press, ISBN 0743278917, pp. 138-139
  4. Abdel Bari Atwan (2006), The secret history of al Qaeda, University of California Press, ISBN 0520249747, pp. 78-79