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* MOST WANTED BOOK: “Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2012

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“gripping and finely textured double biography” — Economist

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http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/17/10167616-wanted-women-pakistani-neuroscientist-was-on-us-kill-or-capture-list

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MSNBC has an excerpt from a new book published Tuesday about the war on terror, “Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui,” by Deborah Scroggins.

“Wanted Women” tells the story of two extraordinary women catapulted to fame by the war on terror.

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the Somali-born activist and author of the bestselling autobiography “Infidel,” whose life was threatened for her criticism of Islam.
  • Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three serving an 86-year prison sentence for firing on United States personnel who came to question her in Afghanistan.
  • Siddiqui disappeared in 2003, shortly after the FBI listed her as wanted for questioning about her ties to al-Qaeda. Many Pakistanis believe she was kidnapped and spent the missing years leading up to her capture in 2008 in a secret US or Pakistani prison.
  • But as author Deborah Scroggins describes in this excerpt from her new book, CIA officials say that they were still hunting for Siddiqui during that period.

Excerpt from “Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui,” (c) Deborah Scroggins.  Except printed courtesy of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Deborah Scroggins’ book “Emma’s War” was translated into ten languages and won the Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize. Scroggins has written for The Sunday Times Magazine, The Nation, Vogue, Granta, and many other publications. She won two Overseas Press Club awards and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award as a foreign correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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