The director of the FBI was at a security conference this week and discussed Isil’s use of social media. “Isil’s MO is to broadcast on Twitter, get people to follow them, then move them to Twitter direct messaging” to evaluate if they are a legitimate recruit, he said, according to The Aspen Times. “Then they’ll … More Jihadist approaches to social media
Seymour Hersh has an incredible story in the London Review of Books that purports to reveal the truth about Osama bin Laden’s life and death in Abbottabad. The crucial details are contained in a single paragraph: This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault … More I read Seymour Hersh’s OBL theory so you don’t have to
Interesting series of tweets apparently from Aimen Dean, a member of al-Qaeda who grew disillusioned after the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings and became an MI5 spy. He has touched off a whirlwind of speculation about the future of al-Qaeda, or at least its organisational structure comprising a core leadership in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands with affiliates around the … More What is left for al-Qaeda?
Astute piece on the making of Jihadi John by my friend Amil Khan. He rightly – in my view – points out that the lure of al-Qaeda is not in its ideology per se, more in its ability to mould injustices, local grievances and conflicts to its own agenda, providing a ready-made set of solutions … More The making of Jihadi John
A new issue of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s magazine Inspire is out. I don’t know what it says about the banality of evil, but flicking through each new edition I’m always struck by the apparent naivety of evil. Or the amateurish approach. In the Taliban’s English language mag it was their tribute to the … More Al-Qaeda’s advice for the gullible