Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff

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"The Killing of Osama Bin Laden" is a concise and detail-rich telling of the historic manhunt for the world's number one most-wanted terrorist.

The courier was the key. A mid-level al-Qaeda operative who played a small part in the planning of the 9/11 attacks and was with Bin Laden when he escaped the battle of Tora Bora. Find out who the courier was, and how with one phone call, he eventually led the CIA to Bin Laden's fortress-like mansion in the affluent suburbs of Abbottabad, Pakistan. Years after the trail had gone cold, Osama Bin Laden, was once again within our sights. Finally the largest manhunt in U.S. counterterrorism history was headed to its singular and bloody conclusion if only the President and his team could figure out how to get him before he vanished once again.

The gut punch Osama Bin Laden landed on 9/11 still stings. What he took from country on that terrible day can never be replaced, nor can the lives of the thousands of innocent men, women and children murdered in the name of some crusade. And even though it will still be a long time until we Americans fully heal from the pain of the worst terrorist attacks on our soil, we can rest assured that the man who became the epitome of evil in the modern world will never do this again.

This commemorative ebook edition of the events that led to Bin Laden's death includes details about the courier whose phone call doomed the al-Qaeda leader and the detective work that led the CIA to the front door of his fortress-like mansion compound in an affluent neighborhood of suburban Pakistan. 

Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff made a living writing music for television before opportunity knocked and transformed him into a screen/TV writer and later an award-winning and bestselling author featured on “Access Hollywood”. A podcast he recorded in his car turned into a drive-time radio show on Sirius five nights a week. This led to a handsome feature in Playboy Magazine that compared Mark to Howard Stern and Jon Stewart. Mark later created an internet video series that led to him being cast as the on-screen host of TV’s “The MoShow”, a nationally syndicated newsmagazine about smartphones and mobile entertainment.

What will readers like about your book?
This book is filled with a lot of details about the manhunt that most people don't know about.

Why did you self publish?
I wanted to get this book out quickly and there was no way to accomplish that through mainstream channels. I've had a lot of luck with self-publishing. It's gotten me on "Access Hollywood" and this is my 3rd bestselling book so far. Right now it's the #1 bestselling book about the history of the Middle East out of all books on Amazon, including ebooks and print.

What is your writing process?
Great music in my headphones and don't stop until the job is done.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?
The first draft of this book took 3 days.

What inspired you to write this particular story?
It was cathartic all these years after the pain of 9/11. I became aware of a lot of incredible details about how this unfolded and I wanted to tell the story. I also knew that I could do it and get my book out quickly. I'm glad that I did because an entertainment company CEO read it, loved it and offered me a book deal because of it.


Under interrogation, Abu Faraj al-Libi, claimed that when he was promoted to succeed KSM as al-Qaeda's operational leader, the order came via courier. U.S. Intelligence officials speculated that a promotion of such magnitude could only have been given to al-Libi by the man in charge, Osama Bin Laden.

This courier was how Bin Laden maintained contact with the outside world. The problem was figuring out the true identity of the one man who could lead them to their target.

With still only a nickname to go with, the lead appeared to be akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

Again, they went back to the data. There had to be something.

Using years of raw intelligence work, in 2007 U.S. Intelligence eventually deduced that the courier was Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. Problem was, Ahmed was nowhere to be found and nobody on the U.S. Intelligence payroll could ascertain where this mid-level al-Qaeda operative may be hiding. While being questioned about Ahmed’s whereabouts, one Gitmo detainee claimed Ahmed had suffered fatal wounds fleeing U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and later died in his arms. A claim that, of course, proved to be yet another lie told under the duress of enhanced interrogation.

It was two years later, only after a U.S. wiretap on a known al-Qaeda member turned up a conversation with Ahmed that the trail finally picked up again. With this one phone call, U.S. Intelligence now knew the geographic location where Ahmed and his brother, also an al-Qaeda courier, were operating. Once Amad’s license plate had been tagged by the CIA, constant surveillance was placed on him. Investigators crossed their fingers and hoped Ahmed would lead them to paydirt.

For months, they waited and watched, using drones, satellites and surveillance on the ground. Finally the breakthrough they had been hoping for arrived as they tracked Ahmed right to the front door of the Abbottabad compound he purchased under the name of Mohammed Arshad.

CIA analysts began to comb through intelligence reports and satellite photos of the peculiar house to ascertain the identities of those inside. This place was far too large and too extravagant to be housing just a lowly courier.

One thing quickly stood out. Despite its location in what is regarded as an affluent community, and a property value of over $1 million, the home had neither an Internet nor a telephone connection.

Another odd thing noted by surveillance of the property was that all the household trash was being routinely burned. A small detail that probably wouldn’t have seemed so darned suspicious if it hadn’t been for the fact that everyone else in the neighborhood just put their trash by the curb.

Investigators wondered, was it a safehouse? And if so, for whom?

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