Abdel Bari Atwan has been the editor-in chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi since its founding by Palestinian expatriates in 1989.
He was born on February 17, 1950 in Dair Al-Balah, a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and was one of 11 children.
He became famous after an interview of Usama Ben Laden in 1996. He later called the experience his "most frightening trip". His impression of bin Laden was that he is "a phenomenon, extreme".
On the fifth anniversary of the New York 9/11 attack Atwan opined: "The events of 11 September will be remembered as the end of the US empire. This is because all empires collapse when they pursue the arrogance of power."
The Secret History of Al-Qa'ida, Abdel Bari Atwan, Abacus (2006), ISBN 978-0-34-912035-5
A Country of Words: The Life of Abdel Bari Atwan: A Palestinian Journey from the Refugee Camp to the Front Page, Abdel Bari Atwan, SAQI (20 September 2007), ISBN 978-0-86-356621-9
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