Abdel Bari Atwan was born in Gaza, Palestine and has lived in London since 1979.
He is the editor-in-chief of London-based news site ‘Rai al-Youm’ and was the founder and editor-in-chief of ‘al-Quds al-Arabi’, the independent, pan-Arab daily newspaper, from 1989 to June 2013.
Atwan is the author of ‘The Secret History of al-Qa’ida’, ‘A Country of Words’, his memoir, ‘After bin Laden: al-Qa’ida, the Next Generation’ and a new book ‘Islamic State: Digital Caliphate’ will be published by Saqi books in May 2015.
He is a regular contributor to a number of UK, US, Middle Eastern and Turkish publications including ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Scottish Herald’, ‘Gulf News’ and ‘Star Gazet’.
His, often controversial, opinions are frequently sought by print and broadcast journalists the world over.
He is well-known for his lively and passionate debating style and is a frequent guest on radio and television, including regular stints on the BBC’s ‘Dateline London’.
Atwan also lectures worldwide and contributes to international conferences on a regular basis.