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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.

The participants were:

  • Fernando Reinares, the author, Director of the Program on Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, and Global Fellow, Wilson Center.
  • Bruce Hoffman: Global Fellow, Wilson Center; Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • Jytte Klausen, Fellow, Wilson Center, and Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation, Brandeis University.
  • Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow and Director, Brookings Intelligence Project, Brookings Institution.

Wednesday 12 April 2017. Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.

For further information, visit the Wilson Center website.

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