Allah's Torch: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War by Tracy Dahlby

By Tracy Dahlby

On the front–lines with the construction of Al Queda forces in Indonesia either earlier than and after September 11, written in provocative kind through the previous Asia bureau leader for Newsweek foreign.

In Allah's Torch, nationwide Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, nearly lawless area of Indonesia, the place overlapping traces of radical Islamic rage are actually converging in Asia, posing new threats to Westerners at domestic and abroad.

From the instant the journey starts, the evening the writer mistakes on board an Indonesian passenger send with six hundred Islamic warriors on an anti–Christian jihad, readers glimpse the passions, politics and personalities fuelling radical Islam's relentless march. We pay attention as Koran–thumping preachers, hardened holy warriors and fresh–faced recruits, police investigators, army commandos, and spies attempt to make feel of the epidemic chaos that threatens the area – and now the area beyond.

Based on reporting either prior to and after September eleven, Allah's Torch is an action–packed and thought–provoking narrative that permits readers to work out the face of Islamic terror extra in actual fact and verify the risk for themselves.

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It was absolutely gorgeous! ” I was feeling a surge of the old romance that had pulled me out to have a look at Asia as a young man, and all that sunlight put me in such an exuberant mood that when I spied a large cockroach perched on the edge of Norman’s mattress, dwarfed by the looming massif of his 34 | A LLAH ’ S TORCH still-sleeping form, I playfully picked up a book and hurled it sidearm at the intruder. I hit Norman instead. ” spluttered Norman, sitting bolt upright. Then with frightening speed, he hopped into the corner of his bunk and, squatting on his haunches, regarded me with the opaque, unseeing eyes of a gargoyle.

I didn’t believe him. I thought then that he was either fooling himself or varnishing the truth, and in any event, and for reasons we’ll get to a little later, the Jihad’s humanitarian cover would be quickly blown as soon as Jaffar’s boy troopers disembarked at Ambon. Sensing the tension, I think, Pontoh broke in to ask me if I wanted him to show me around the ship, and off we went. Tramping the decks in the high, blazing sunshine, Pontoh, Tanya, Norman, Khoe, and I traversed the very top of the Bukit Siguntang’s wedding-cake superstructure, while Norman clicked off a series of commemorative snapshots.

Well, I like tofu,” I stuttered uncertainly as the galley supervisor glowered in thought. ” 4 M IKE The tofu appeared at lunch, expertly braised and sautéed with snow peas in a delicious garlic sauce. But while Norman and Tanya and Pontoh ate with gusto, my attention was riveted on the several dozen young men who had suddenly filed into the dining room and took up pews at those long, rectangular tables against the far bulkheads— the Jihad’s junior-executive class, as Norman identified them. Self-assured in freshly laundered gray tunics and baggy pants, these fellows were indeed a different kettle of fish from the ragged teenagers riding the cardboard out in the passageways.

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