EXTRACT | Six Years With Al Qaeda: The Stephen McGown story

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Six years with Al qaeda
Six years with Al qaeda

In 2011, Stephen McGown was taken captive by Al-Qaeda while touring Mali. He was held in captivity for nearly six years, giving him the unenviable record of Al Qaeda’s longest held prisoner. Here is an extract from the book: 'Six Years With Al Qaeda: The Stephen McGown Story' as told to Tudor Caradoc-Davies.

Action movies give you a false sense of what real life situations are like.

It’s always binary – fight or flight, bravery or cowardice. There’s no grey area, no description of the paralysis of panic. When you’ve got people shouting at you, pointing guns at you, dragging, pushing and pulling you, it’s fucking terrifying. How you react is beyond your control.

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