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What Is Al Qaeda, Part 1

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What is Al Qaeda?

It seems like a simple question. The United States has been at war with Al Qaeda for nearly 10 years, and Al Qaeda has been at war with the United States for even longer. With thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars spent, surely there should be a single, clear answer to the question of identifying the enemy.

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Patriot Games - By J.M. Berger

Patriot Games - By J.M. Berger | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

Starting in April 1991, three FBI agents posed as members of an invented racist militia group called the Veterans Aryan Movement. According to their cover story, VAM members robbed armored cars, using the proceeds to buy weapons and support racist extremism.  

 

Code-named PATCON, for "Patriot-conspiracy," the investigation would last more than two years, crossing state and organizational lines in search of intelligence on the so-called Patriot movement, the label applied to a wildly diverse collection of racist, ultra-libertarian, right-wing and/or pro-gun activists and extremists who, over the years, have found common cause in their suspicion and fear of the federal government.

 

The undercover agents met some of the most infamous names in the movement, but their work never led to a single arrest. When McVeigh walked through the middle of the investigation in 1993, he went unnoticed.

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The Utility of Lone Wolves, Or Lack Thereof

The Utility of Lone Wolves, Or Lack Thereof | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

The death of Osama bin Laden came and went, and nary a midnight howl was heard from the lone wolf terrorists of the American jihadist movement. Now the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attack has come and gone, and the lone wolves again stayed in their lairs. What can we conclude from this?

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Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to the September 11 Hijackers

Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to the September 11 Hijackers | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
In the timeline of the hijackers' movements in the months before the attacks, New Mexico-born Awlaki and his followers seem to turn up nearly every step of the way...
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Norwegians shun xenophobic right-wing party after massacre

Norwegians shun xenophobic right-wing party after massacre | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
Support for the Progress Party fell dramatically in a municipal vote this month, with Norwegians turning to tolerance and equality in the aftermath of Anders Behring Breivik's attack.
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The Myth of Anwar al-Awlaki

The Myth of Anwar al-Awlaki | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

Anwar Awlaki is clearly a dangerous man. As a country, the United States spends a lot of time talking about, worrying about, and trying to kill him. Unfortunately, attention runs fast, but not deep.

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White House Strategy On Violent Extremism: Full Of Sound And Muted Fury

White House Strategy On Violent Extremism: Full Of Sound And Muted Fury | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

The first thing that leaps out at you when you read the strategy to "prevent violent extremism" rolled out by the White House yesterday is the extraordinarily high ratio of words to ideas. In a document with only eight pages of text, one finds very little content.

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Who Really Inspired Nasser Abdo?

Who Really Inspired Nasser Abdo? | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

New details continue to emerge regarding Nasser Abdo, the would-be terrorist who was arrested before he could carry out an attack on military personnel stationed at Fort Hood.

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Terrorist use of the Internet

Terrorist use of the Internet | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
Last week, I attended a National Counterterrorism Center conference on "The Changing Face of Al Qa'ida." I was honored to take part in a panel on Internet radicalization with some great thinkers in this space, Will McCants and Daveed Gartentstein-Ross, as well as Scott Carpenter, head of Google Ideas, who made a persuasive case for that project, although I continue to have some reservations and look forward to further conversations. What follows is an abridged and edited version of my talk.
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Terrorist acts, terrorist thoughts

On a recent Friday, in Washington, D.C., the New America Foundation issued a report on "Countering Domestic Radicalization." A few hours later, the Bipartisan Policy Commission released a report on "Preventing Violent Radicalization in America." A week later, Google hosted an extravagant "Summit Against Violent Extremism" in Dublin.

You can expect to hear a lot more of this in the days and weeks to come. Ten years after September 11, the conversation has shifted away from traditional counterterrorism and toward "countering violent extremism," known as CVE.
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Al Shabab's Recruiting Pipeline From Minnesota To Somalia Detailed In New Filing

A trial brief filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota for accused Al Shabab collaborator Omer Adbi Mohamed revealed new details about just how Al Shabab's recruitment practices work in Minneapolis.

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What Is Al Qaeda, Part 1

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What is Al Qaeda?

It seems like a simple question. The United States has been at war with Al Qaeda for nearly 10 years, and Al Qaeda has been at war with the United States for even longer. With thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars spent, surely there should be a single, clear answer to the question of identifying the enemy.

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Philippines assessing whether to seek top Asian terror suspect’s custody from Pakistan

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is assessing whether to seek custody of a top Asian terrorist suspect, who hid for years in its volatile south and allegedly plotted deadly attacks with Filipino militants before he was arrested in Pakistan...
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Tajikistan grants bail to BBC reporter charged with belonging to radical Islamic group

Tajikistan grants bail to BBC reporter charged with belonging to radical Islamic group | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — A BBC reporter jailed last month in Tajikistan on charges of belonging to a banned Islamic group was granted bail Thursday and released from custody, the country’s top prosecutor said.
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A Nation of Spies and Snitches - By J.M. Berger

A Nation of Spies and Snitches - By J.M. Berger | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
The United States is pretty darn good at infiltrating terrorist groups -- at home and abroad -- these days. But should we be worried about the social costs?
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Lessons Learned: The War on Terror Turns Ten

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & J.M.Berger discuss the state of the war on terrorism, 10 years later. 

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Basque separatist prisoners renounce violence in bid to pressure ETA to dissolve

MADRID — Hundreds of jailed members of the militant Basque separatist group ETA have called for an end to violence as a tool for achieving Basque independence, boosting pressure for ETA to disband and prompting the government on Saturday to call...
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Letter From British Jihadi Describes Contacts With Anwar Awlaki

Letter From British Jihadi Describes Contacts With Anwar Awlaki | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

A letter from convicted British homegrown jihadi Rajib Karim, posted on extremist forums this week, sheds light on the methods of American Al Qaeda figure Anwar Awlaki.

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Jihad Joe, The New Book On American Jihadists, Now Available For Kindle

Jihad Joe, The New Book On American Jihadists, Now Available For Kindle | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

J.M. Berger's new book, "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam," on sale at bookstores everywhere, is now available in a Kindle Edition as well. Here's a look at some of the substantial critical acclaim Jihad Joe has received since its release...

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U.S. Widens Its Role in Battle Against Mexico’s Drug Cartels

U.S. Widens Its Role in Battle Against Mexico’s Drug Cartels | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it

Mexican and U.S. officials said that new efforts have been designed to get around Mexican laws that prohibit foreign military and police from operating on its soil. 

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Inspire Magazine: Not That Original

Inspire Magazine: Not That Original | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
When Al Qaeda in Yemen rolled out the first issue of "Inspire" magazine in June of 2010, it inspired more than just terrorism. The media went slightly nuts as well. For most reporters, "Inspire" seemed like something completely new - a radically innovative effort by jihadist terrorists to win the hearts and minds of a hitherto untapped pool of English-speaking Muslims.

In reality, "Inspire" is only the latest in a long line of jihadist and terrorist magazines in English and Arabic. While it does break some ground, its originality has been vastly overstated. Here's a look at some of its venerable but less celebrated predecessors.
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Why Doesn't Johnny Jihad Listen?

Why Doesn't Johnny Jihad Listen? | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
What's driving jihadist self-starters to break from the world's most famous terrorist group? The idea of a cadre of terrorists who can act on their own initiative is, to terrorist leaders, very appealing. The problem is that these new recruits aren't quite with the program, in ways large and small.
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Google's Process For Extremist Content

Between Blogger and YouTube, Google itself is one of the key distributors of radical content online. The company was recently asked by Sen. Joseph Lieberman to answer a series of questions about its internal efforts to control this content. Google's answers were obtained by Intelwire.
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New York Times praises J.M. Berger's new book "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam"

New York Times: "J. M. Berger's "Jihad Joe," a sober, factual account of the Americans who have been lured to the cause of religious violence, offers a useful reminder that this phenomenon is nothing new, long predating the Sept. 11 attacks. ... At a time when some politicians and pundits blur the line between Islam and terrorism, Berger, who knows this subject far better than the demagogues, sharply cautions against vilifying Muslim Americans. ... It is a timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective."

Zenpundit: "Berger's work is detail-packed and focused, and a useful resource for that reason alone. But it is also and specifically the work of someone who has read and talked with and listened to the people he is writing about, and his work carries their voices embedded in his own commentary. It thus joins such works as Jessica Stern's Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill... Berger's is a book to read, certainly -- and more significantly perhaps, a book to admire."

Publisher's Weekly: "...Berger lifts the veil on the phenomenon of American jihadists in this timely and chilling examination. ... painstakingly lays out the scope and character of the American jihadist movement and points the way to a national debate on solutions."
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Mass graves in Sudan? Satellite pics show worrisome signs of Arab attacks on Africans

Mass graves in Sudan? Satellite pics show worrisome signs of Arab attacks on Africans | Intelwire Daily Brief | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya — A U.S. satellite monitoring group released images Thursday that it fears show a mass grave in Sudan, saying witnesses also have described 100 or more bodies being thrown into a pit in the same area.
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Arab Spring splinters into season of stalemates across Mideast

CAIRO — Among the protest banners in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was a hand-drawn map of the Arab Spring with black target symbols covering each country hit by anti-government uprisings since the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt were ousted earlier this year.
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