The book “Syria: Al-Qaeda’s New Home - Biography of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi” by journalist and filmmaker Medyan Dairieh analyses the Al-Qaeda organisation especially since its inception in Syria in the 1990s and its developments throughout the Syrian revolution. The book includes and provides evidence of the author’s exclusive meetings with senior leaders of the Al-Nusra Front and of all the other jihadist movements in Syria. In the book Dairieh sheds light on the very first leaders of the Al-Qaeda organisation and narrates the most important events in the life of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, including his founding of the al-Qaeda organisation in Syria and his establishment of the nucleus of an Islamic State in Iraq. The facts and data described in the book are corroborated by videos and photos taken by the author during his meetings with jihadist leaders and fighters in several countries, such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. The book has been published in the Arabic language and is the second volume of the series “From Inside the Jihadist Movements” by Medyan Dairieh.
The book “Fatah Al-Islam: Origin and Destiny” by journalist and filmmaker Medyan Dairieh sheds light on the Fatah Al-Islam organisation, its founder and leader Shaker Al-Absi, and other major members within the organisation. Dairieh draws the chronology of events of the Jihadi organisation and analyses in great depth the stages of its evolution, with great focus on the 2007 fierce battle in Lebanon's northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared. The author‘s aim is to unravel the real nature and the exact facts about Fatah Al-Islam which go far beyond the official accounts, and to try and understand the deliberate intention to obliterate the organisation in the 100-days Nahr Al-Bared battle, with hardly any survivor to recount the facts. The book also reveals Fatah Al-Islam connections to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. All the information in the book has been gathered from inside the organisation and includes a biography of its founder Al-Absi and ample descriptions of its main members. The book, which is in the Arabic language, is the revised edition of the first volume of the book series “From inside the Jihadist movements” by author Medyan Dairieh, and it was first published in August 2018.