Inside the Largest Counterterrorism Investigation in History

Aki J. Peritz

408 pages
19 photographs, 1 illustration, 2 maps, 2 appendixes, index


December 2021


$36.95 Pre-order

About the Book

Al Qaeda did not stop after 9/11. Its reign of terror continued with bombings and mayhem across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. But its frustration grew as the group failed to fundamentally undermine America and its allies. 

Five years later the time was ripe for another spectacular mega-plot. Fresh from masterminding the London Underground carnage, one veteran operative set in motion a new operation to destroy passenger aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean—and kill thousands of people in the process.  

Disruption tells the story of that conspiracy and the heroic efforts by the intelligence services of the United States, Great Britain, and Pakistan to uncover and crush it. From the streets of London to the training camps of Pakistan to the corridors of power in Washington DC, the story unfolds with murders, double-crosses, probes, jailbreaks, and explosions.

Former counterterrorism analyst Aki J. Peritz brings the story to life with vivid imagery, interviews with top intelligence officials, and never-before-seen declassified documents. Disruption is the not-to-be-missed account of the race to stop a terrorist conspiracy that would have remade our world—forever.

Author Bio

Aki J. Peritz is the coauthor of Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed Bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda. He is a frequent commentator on national security issues for CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and NPR, and has published in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Politico.


“A fascinating read. There are secrets in this book even I didn’t know.”—Gen. Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

“This operation remains the gold standard for how America and Great Britain came together to crush the greatest conspiracy since 9/11. Disruption knocks it out of the park.”—Fran Townsend, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Major Characters
List of Abbreviations
Author’s Note
1. The Killer beside You
2. Baker’s Boy
3. Triple A
4. Recruits
5. Ali’s Evolution
6. Incident on the Tube
7. Bang/Fizz
8. The Rosewater Solution
9. Glimmers
10. The Dilemma
11. Rendezvous in Lloyd Park
12. Pattern of Life
13. Wedding Videos
14. Probe
15. “Today’s Date Is September 12, 2001”
16. Sarwar’s Hole
17. Transatlantic Tensions
18. Skin Infection
19. Our Citizens, Our Planes
20. It Fell out of My Pocket
21. The Railway Crossing
22. Fellowship Is Life
23. Scramble
24. The System Worked?
25. Rashid Rauf’s Second Chance
26. The Twisting Road
27. A Fine Balance
Appendix 1: Codenames and Nicknames
Appendix 2: Operations

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