An Algerian author known for his politically-themed work, he is most famous for The Swallows of Kabul, which was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006. His other important works include The Attack, Morituri, and What the Day Owes the Night.
He was an officer in the Algerian army. For fear of censorship and other penalties, he could not reveal his real name-- Mohammed Moulessehoul-- until he abandoned his military service; thus, many readers knew him only by the pseudonym of Yasmina Khadra.
He became a candidate for the Algerian Presidency in late 2013.
He was born in Kenadsa, Algeria. Yasmina Khadra, his pen name, is actually his wife's name.
He and feminist author, Helene Cixous, are both natives of Algeria.