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"Unearthing this largely hidden history is a contribution of the highest significance, and could hardly be more timely."—Noam ChomskyIn this groundbreaking book, Mark Curtis reveals the covert history of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist groups. Secret Affairs shows how governments since the 1940s have used militant forces to control oil resources and ov"Unearthing this largely hidden history is a contribution of the highest significance, and could hardly be more timely."—Noam ChomskyIn this groundbreaking book, Mark Curtis reveals the covert history of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist groups. Secret Affairs shows how governments since the 1940s have used militant forces to control oil resources and overthrow governments. The story of how Britain has helped nurture the rise of global terrorism has never before been told.Mark Curtis is an author, journalist, and consultant. His previous books include Web of Deceit and Unpeople....

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  • Cliff Garner
    2019-04-27 03:23

    This is a well-researched and well-documented account of British foreign policy and its connections to groups of the likes of al-Qaida. It is only regrettable that he did not make it a longer work and intertwine US foreign policy into the mix because the connections are demonstrable and very clear. This is not a comfortable read, but it is one that unveils a lot of the problems that confront the world today.

  • Simon
    2019-05-21 00:37

    Uneasy reading. If you ever thought that British policy was interested in promoting democracy around the world this book will disabuse you of that illusion. Curtis tracks the at best amoral actions of British governments of all stripes since the end of the Second World War in propping up dreadful regimes so long as they seem pro-Western, and doing all in their power both overtly and covertly to overthrow democratic or other regimes that express any form of independence from the West.

  • سماء يَحيى
    2019-05-05 01:11

    لعبة قذرة، أبطالها: بريطانيا والسعودية !نعم السعودية ! أكبر ممول وداعم للجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة (الإرهابية) في كل أنحاء العالم .. الآن فهمت لماذا خصص السياسيين كتب للحديث فقط عن (مملكة الكراهية) وكيف دعمت السعودية الإرهاب ! .. تاريخ مخزي لهذه الدولة الوهابية ..أما بريطانيا تواطأت عقوداً طويلة مع القوى الإسلامية المتطرفة، بما في ذلك التنظيمات الإرهابية، فقد تسترت عليها، وعملت إلى جانبها وأحياناً دربتها وموّلتها، بغية الترويج لأهداف محددة للسياسة الخارجية.وصلت هذه الاستراتيجية البريطانية لسياسة فرّق تسد الاستعمارية، فبعض المسؤولين البريطانيين إبان الحرب وفيما بعدها كانوا يخشون أيضاً من أن الخلافة يمكن استخدامها نقطة تجمع وحشد للحركات المعادية للاستعمار، وكانوا بصفة خاصة يخشون من احتمال نشوب حرب إسلامية مقدسة ضد بريطانيا، إلى أن القادة البريطانيين كانوا يعتقدون أن الإسلام يمكن التلاعب به واستغلاله بشراء قيادته الدينية أو الاحتيال عليها..ويرى سياسيو بريطانيا أن مصالحهم تتحقق على نحو أفضل بواسطة نظام استبدادي يحافظ على الاستقرار والارتباط بالغرب بأكثر مما تحققه ديمقراطية طليقة العنان تندفع منحدرة إلى الشيوعية والفوضى.كان ذلك ملخصا رائعاً لتفضيل بريطانيا لأنظمة القمع التي يساندها اليمين الإسلامي، بدلاً من حكومات أكثر شعبية أو ديمقراطية وتلك سمة دائمة في سياسة بريطانيا في الماضي وفي الحاضر، تساعد في تفسير اللجوء المنتظم إلى التواطؤ مع القوى المتأسلمة.وقد كانت لندن في التسعينيات من مراكز العالم الكبرى بالنسبة للجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة على غرار الجماعة الاسلامية المسلحة الجزائرية، والجماعة الإسلامية الليبية المقاتلة، وجماعة الجهاد المصرية والقاعدة نفسها من خلال مكتبها، لجنة الشورى والإصلاح، وكانت كلها قد انشأت قواعد في لندن. كانت القاعدة تعتبر لندن المركز العصبي لعملياتها في أوروبا، وكان كثيرون من معاوني بن لادن الرئيسيين يعملون من هناك.

  • Tariq Mahmood
    2019-04-23 04:23

    The only reason God tolerates historians is because they can do what he cant, alter the past.This is precisely the reason why this book is so important when trying to fathom the ongoing relationship between Anglo-Britain and the Muslim world. The narrative adopted by the British (circa 1914) to convince the Arabs, who had been ruled by the Ottoman Caliphate for around 400 years was simple. You had been ruled only because we supported the Ottomans, but now if you help us take the Turks down, we will put you in-charge of a new Arab Caliphate to do as you please. With our support, you will reclaim your lost glory and establish a true Arab Caliphate with Madina as its capitol.Any sane Arab might have asked the obvious fallacy in the argument. If the British were really the reason behind the Turk power then why did they need the help of a renegade Arab battalion to take them down? But I guess the Arabs were desperate to throw off Turk yoke and saw this invitation as God sent. And maybe the latest desire of some Arabs to establish an Islamic state (ISIS) is a continuation of the same unfulfilled dream?Check out the conquest of modern Saudi Arabia by Ibn Saud. Roughly 400,000 people killed, while a million fled across neighboring lands as Ibn Saud did not take prisoners. Furthermore, in various uprisings against his tyrannous regime 35000 were publicly hanged while around 350,000 amputated. And guess which country was the first to recognize this new nation? Britain.The other state created solely by the British to serve its purposes is Pakistan, which was to serve as a bit of Britain in India after the independence was given to India. According to the author both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were created on the Islamic premise and therefore cannot avoid Islamic fundamentalism. I find it difficult to disagree with his analysis, although I am desperate to prove this theory wrong :(Britain, in its desperation to hold on to its rapidly receding world influence after the Great Wars, has managed to some create ethically compromising relationships with the likes of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan. The enormous amount of Capitol invested into Britain by the cash rich Saudis leaves no room for Britain to reprimand Saudis over its medieval policies of punishments like public be headings and limb cuttings. How can Britain castigate Pakistan over Islamisation with its own home based Jihadi issue with so many British Muslims choosing to fight in Iraq and Syria?Affect reading the book I was surprised at the low level of terrorists actively operating in the world today when you consider the hundreds of thousands trained and supported by the British government alone. The support given to Islamic fundamentalists by TE Lawrence is a legacy which seems to percolate not only in the British Policy but has also been adopted by lackey states like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan with great enthusiasm.

  • مينا ساهر
    2019-05-03 02:23

    التاريخ السري القذر لتآمر بريطانيا مع الأصوليين الإسلاميين ضد أوطاننا.كتاب مهم جداً

  • Ausman Bensasi
    2019-04-27 05:19

    كتاب مهم استند على الوثائق الرسمية البريطانية التي رفعت عنها السرية، يبَيًّن مسؤولية المملكة المتحدة في تعاظم الإرهاب في العصر الحديث منذ محطته الأولى في أفغانستان وإيران ثم البلقان والعراق، بل برهن على دعمها الإرهاب وفضح كيف تآمرت على الدول وفتحت قنوات تواصل مع المتطرفين أفرادًا وجماعات خدمة لمصالحها الخارجية وكيف ساهمت في تقسيم الهند وفلسطين، كما وضح كيف صنعت دولاً مثل باكستان والسعودية والأردن.وأشار إلى أسباب دعم بريطانيا لتنظيم الإخوان المسلمين وكيف كانت علاقتها مع مصر حسني مبارك وليبيا القذافي وغيرها من الدول الأفريقية والآسيوية والشرق أوسطية وحتى الدول الكبرى، ولماذا أصرت على استضافة المتطرفين من تنظيم القاعدة وغيره في لندن التي اصطلح على تسميتها بلندنستان.

  • Amer
    2019-05-02 02:34

    الكتاب يسرد من خلال الوثائق علاقة المخابرات البريطانية بالتنظيمات الإسلامية على وجه الخصوص وسياسة بريطانيا الخارجية على وجه العموم في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وآسيا. يفضح الكتاب دول مثل السعودية والأردن والمد الإسلامي ودوره في القضاء على القومية العربية التي تزعمها عبد الناصر. ويتناول بالتفصيل نشأة تنظيم القاعدة والجماعات الجهادية المختلفة لتحقيق أهداف السياسة البريطانية.الكتاب شيق وملئ بأحداث ما وراء الكواليس التي يصعب قرائتها أو فهمها الا من خلال بحث متمرس مثل هذا العمل.

  • Jay D
    2019-05-22 00:18

    Secret Affairs details the British exploits in the Middle East over the last 100 years and the British history of supporting radical Islam as a bulwark against Russia and Eurasia. That's all well and good, but the book never mentions communism or Sovietism as a threat, nor other governments using terror or supporting terror groups.

  • iain meek
    2019-05-17 04:21

    Fascinating exploration of the unintended consequences of working on the basis of my-enemy's enemies are my friends. Britain appears to have been merrily backing fundamentalist Islam against the Soviets for years and now has a serious problem with well armed and trained jihadists.

  • Mark Stevens
    2019-05-18 00:37

    essential reading for those who wish to understand the central role of Britain in the origins and development of radical/fundamentalist Islam

  • Sharms Ademorla
    2019-04-26 01:16

    Very informative and Jaw breaking

  • Alex
    2019-05-10 00:34

    Great book on the meddling of Britain's government in the political affairs of Middle East countries. Why is the West supporting the Islamist government of Saudi-Arabia, but not Iran? Why are human rights a legitimate concern in Libya to democratize the country, but not in Bahrein? And why did Britain cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood, while the boss of MI6 said that it's a terrorist organization?Diplomacy can be morally confusing. But Western diplomacy in the Middle East is a complete mess.

  • Bobby24
    2019-05-11 01:22

    It really is all about the oil .Superb book ,expertly researched and written ,..makes you realise that Britain has been hugely responsible for Islamic Terrorist groups and Extremism .We are led to believe that those ruling class men [and women] in their suits and ties that "work for us " [lol] in the Houses of Parliament who like to oppitomize clean cut "British honesty and fair play" are in reality often up to their necks in death and destruction in the Middle East and their words are so carefully chosen it means that they are actually expert manipulators at best and at worse downright liars ,[we know when our PM's and their governments lie because their lips move]. And almost all of our rulers are from the same expensive schools and university's as their forebears ,who raped the same land in the name of the British Empire a 100 years ago .Apparently Saudi Arabia has spent 50 billion pounds on exporting Wahhabism around the world and clearly much of this has gone straight to the likes of AQ and ISIS ,and Saudi Arabia is our "best friend" we are also great mates with Pakistan ,these are the second biggest exporters of Terrorism its hardly a surprise that Britain was utterly humiliated in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with "friends" like these ,and Londistan was the world wide hub of Jihadism throughout the 90's up until the mid 00's the deal was don't hurt us and well leave you alone ,clearly this idiocy failed spectacularly .This book makes me ashamed to be British .

  • !Tæmbuŝu
    2019-05-11 07:23

    KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Independent

  • Bijan
    2019-05-18 06:28

    Great Book!