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Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings by Fernando Reinares


Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Columbia University Press, 2016


978-0-231-70454-0 hardcover; 978-0-231-80140-9 ebook
Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings by Fernando Reinares



Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004, bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks. Fernando Reinares’s account draws on judicial, police, and intelligence documents to which he had privileged access, as well as on personal interviews with officials in Spain and elsewhere. The book’s full analysis links the Madrid bombing to al-Qaeda’s senior leadership and unveils connections between 3/11 and 9/11.

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge, Spain’s counterpart to The 9/11 Commission Report, was a bestseller in Spain.

Fernando Reinares is director of the Program on Global Terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute, as well as professor of political science and security studies at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, both in Madrid. He coedited, with Bruce Hoffman, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death (Columbia University Press, 2014). He is a Global Fellow of the Wilson Center, where he was a Public Policy Scholar in 2011, and he is also adjunct professor at Georgetown University and American University in Washington, D.C.

About the Author

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Fernando Reinares

Former Public Policy Fellow;
Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid; and Director of the Program on Violent Radicalization and Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid
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