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How the terrorists’ tentacles spread. Review: The Exile by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

Wielding astonishing original research, including interviews with several of Osama bin Laden's wives and children, Clark and Levy offer an insight into the dynamics of jihadism—and the roles of Iran and Pakistan in promoting it

By David Tonge  

Osama bin Laden's former compound in Abbottabad was demolished in 2012. For "The Exile," Scott-Clark and Levy interviewed several of bin Laden's wives and children. Photo: Balkis Press/ABACA/PA Images

The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, Bloomsbury, £22.50

“Osama bin Laden in flight”—the mawkish subtitle may make you pause. But one look at the book’s 65 pages of notes and you’ll overcome that. The range of people interviewed by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian…

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