Archive for March, 2011

Al Qaeda responds to CNN

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

In the fifth issue of Inspire magazine, a slick Web-based publication, heavy on photographs and graphics that, unusually for a jihadist organ, is written in colloquial English, Anwar al-Awlaki hit back at CNN on Tuesday. In an essay titled “The Tsunami of Change,” Awlaki makes the uncontroversial point that the regimes based on fear are ending in the Arab world because of the revolutions and protests from Egypt to Bahrain. But he goes on to assert that, contrary to commentators such as CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who has said “the Arab revolts of 2011 represent a total repudiation of al Qaeda’s founding ideology,” rather the world should “know very well that the opposite is the case.”

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Harmony and Disharmony report – New URL

The Combating Terrorism Center (where I used to work) has overhauled their website, so old links to various reports and documents are no longer working. If you happen to be looking for the popular report “Harmony and Disharmony: Exploiting Al-Qaida’s Organizational Vulnerabilities,” it is now available at this location:


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Beware of bad “counterterrorism experts”

For anyone planning to go into law enforcement, or already working in that profession, this is an important article:

There are too many sham “counterterrorism experts” out there giving law enforcement professionals all kinds of bad information, often false assertions and outright lies. People need to be forewarned of this danger.

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Brachman Testimony

Jarret Brachman Testifies on AQAP Media

Earlier this week my colleague Jarret Brachman provided expert testimony to the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. The hearing, which was entitled, “Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),” focused on AQAP’s use of new media for radicalizing, mobilizing and operationalizing American nationals.

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