Jonathan Pegg
Literary Agency

The London Bombings:
An Independent Inquiry


Nafeez Ahmed The London BombingsOn July 7th 2005 London experienced its most serious terrorist attack since the V-2 raids of WW2. We still don’t know who planned the attacks or whether they remain at large in the U.K.

At first the police were sure that the bombers used weapons-grade plastic explosives and sophisticated timers. Two weeks later they changed their minds – the bombs were home-made and were detonated manually. Since then the official account has changed repeatedly and remains riddled with anomalies and confusion. At the time of publication the government was resisting calls for a full inquiry, instead saying it intended to present a ‘narrative’ written by a civil servant, which would stand as the definitive account of what took place.

As Ahmed demonstrates in this exhaustive investigation, such an approach cannot hope to provide the public with an adequate explanation of what took place. He further shows how the attacks can only be fully understood in the light of extensive co-operation between the Islamist extremists and Western Intelligence in Central Asia, and U.S.–U.K. state interests. The London bombings, much like the attacks on New York in 2001, were a widely predicted consequence of the West’s global strategy. If we do face a future of terrorism we should at least understand the extent to which our governments have accepted this as the price of business as usual.
 

UK Publisher: Duckworth Publishers Ltd / Paperback original 2006
US Rights: Overlook Press
Translation Rights: JPLA
256 pages

Reviews

 "A lucid and persuasive account of how our security mandarins talked themselves into believing we could make quiet, backroom deals with terrorists."
Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

"Respected terror analyst Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed pulls apart the official narrative of 7/7, pointing out its gaps and contradictions… The authorities seem to be unable to answer many of the most basic questions about the 7/7 bombings ... it has taken a study by an academic outsider, Ahmed, to assess the extent of the bombers’ international terrorist connections."
Editorial, Independent on Sunday

"Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed provides important material to support those survivors of the London bombings who are demanding a proper inquiry into the events of that day."
Paul Donovan, Irish Post

"Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed [is] one of the most knowledgeable writers about the actualities of Londonistan."
Law and Politics (University of Nis)

"Ahmed offers a devastating critique of the official British government's report... Recommended for public and academic libraries."
Library Journal