"... give God back his freedom. He's been hostage to our bigotries too long." About the author The Attack is written by Yasmina Khadra, the pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul. Yasmina is from Algeria and was an officer in the Algerian army. He used his wife’s name as a pen name for the sake of staying alive and so he can continue to write his books. It is said that he didn’t come out of hiding until 2001 after he left the army.