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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