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THE BOY WHO CRIED 'LONE WOLF'

Friday's arrest of a would-be suicide bomber in Washington, D.C. led to a fresh paroxysm of analysis in the media on the ominous threat of lone wolf terrorism on U.S. soil.

The problem is that Amine El-Khalifi wasn't alone. He was in contact with men he believed were part of Al Qaeda, and those men handed him a complete (but inert) suicide vest and an automatic weapon to carry out his attack. The fact those men were FBI undercover agents is beside the point. If someone claiming to work for Al Qaeda hands you a fully assembled bomb for your attack, you're not a lone wolf.

Read more by J.M. Berger at Foreign Policy

AL QAEDA'S YOUNG AMERICANS


Al Shabab supporters rally in Mogadishu to celebrate merger with Al Qaeda


Hundreds of Somalis gathered on the outskirts of Mogadishu on Feb. 13 to celebrate the union of al Qaeda with its Somali cousin, the insurgent-terrorist group al-Shabab. But the mainstream media hasn't quite figured out what to make of the news, first announced last week, that the two groups had officially merged.

Many reporters were already accustomed to thinking of them as the same group. Others grasped at straws to fit the news into the "al Qaeda is losing" narrative -- dominant ever since Osama bin Laden was killed last May.

They might have done better with a simple headline: "Dozens of Americans Join al Qaeda."

Read more by J.M. Berger at Foreign Policy

OOPS, MY FACEBOOK FRIEND JOINED AL QAEDA



Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax has more than 400 friends on Facebook. So what will those friends -- many of whom live in the United States -- do now that Al Shabab, the Somali militant organization to which Faarax belongs -- has officially merged with Al Qaeda?

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HAMMAMI TRIES TO FILL AWLAKI'S SHOES

Omar Hammami would like you to think he's the next Anwar Awlaki. In fact, he would like it so much that he's aping Awlaki in a pre-release audio obtained by INTELWIRE. Hammami's new work, "In Defense of the Khilafah (Caliphate)," uses a 2005 RAND Corp. study as a jumping off point for comments about the inevitability of a new Islamic caliphate. The study was made famous by Anwar Awlaki, who attacked it in his most influential audio lecture, "Constants on the Path of Jihad" and in a follow-up recording, "The Battle for Hearts and Minds."

Click here to read more

INTERVIEW WITH AN ONLINE JIHADIST

Terrorist use of the Internet is a hot topic these days, but it's often discussed in very broad terms, as if the Internet itself is the story, rather than the people who use it. Abu Suleiman Al Nasser is the alias used by one of the self-professed cyber-jihadists who frequent online message boards used by Islamist terrorists and Al Qaeda sympathizers. He spoke with INTELWIRE about what he does and why.

Click here to read more

Previously: Interview with controversial preacher Bilal Philips

WITNESS SAYS DENNIS MAHON CLAIMED TO BE 'THE THIRD MAN' IN 1995 OKC BOMBING


Documents filed in the criminal prosecution of Arizona white supremacists Dennis and Daniel Mahon reveal that Mahon told a prison cellmate in 2009 that was the "anonymous third man" who escaped prosecution in the Oklahoma City bombing.

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ANWAR AL-AWLAKI VIDEO RELEASE REHASHES 2010 "MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE"


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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released a tribute to Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan that contains a video recording with an extended version of a previously released Awlaki audio.

The video is titled, "Anwar Awlaki, the Martyr of Dawah," a clear effort to continue the argument that Awlaki was killed not for his role in terrorist operations but for his Islamic preaching. Released by AQAP's Malahem Media, the video features very strong production values and English subtitles as well as English audio.

A 15-minute video is presented featuring Awlaki in a camouflage jacket with an Al Qaeda flag in the background. The content of the video is an early draft of Awlaki's March 2010 "Message to the American People." It includes additional material and rearranges several parts of the speech.

Read the full story from INTELWIRE

MONSTERS AND CHILDREN: HOW POLITICIANS TALK ABOUT MUSLIMS AND ISLAM

The power centers in American politics, both left and right, have grown increasingly counterproductive in their attitudes toward Muslim Americans. On the right, Muslims are treated largely as monsters, a seething mass of people who do not share American values and could, at any moment, establish a Taliban-style theocracy right here in the United States. On the left, Muslims are treated as children who cannot be left to their own devices, who must be carefully tutored in proper behavior but not made to feel like they are singled out.

Read the story by J.M. Berger at Foreign Policy

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A GUIDE TO AL QAEDA AND THE U.S. MILITARY



On Wednesday, a joint Congressional Homeland Security hearing will examine the threat of Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism to America's military on U.S. soil. This is a very large and complex topic. INTELWIRE provides some resources for those planning to cover the hearing and the history of this problem.

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FATHER OF ANWAR AWLAKI BERATES U.S. IN NEW AUDIO LINKED TO MUSLIMS AGAINST CRUSADES


The father of American Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki issued an audio recording accusing the United States of assassinating his son because it wanted to silence an influential Muslim preacher. The audio was released in conjunction with a protest at the U.S. embassy in London by the banned organization Muslims Against Crusades.

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KEVIN HARPHAM: BIRTH OF A SUPREMACIST

New exhibits were released in support of sentencing for Kevin Harpham, the white supremacist who pled guilty to planting a bomb at a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in January. The new documents reveal details of Harpham's preparations as well as some of his ideological inspirations.

Blog post and full text of exhibits

AL QAEDA LEADER CALLS FOR RELEASE OF
'JIHAD JOE' EL-SAYYID NOSAIR

El Sayyid Nosair The latest audio communique from Al Qaeda's top leader Ayman Al Zawahiri calls for the release of one of the earliest American jihadists to carry out violence on U.S. soil, Egyptian-born American citizen El Sayyid Nosair.

Although most Americans have long forgotten Nosair, Al Qaeda clearly has not, illustrating the importance of understanding the early development of the jihadist movement in the United States.

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DAVID DUKE REPORTEDLY ARRESTED IN GERMANY

American white supremacist David Duke was reportedly arrested in Cologne, Germany, according to his official Web site. Duke -- a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Louisiana state legislator, and chronic presidential candidate -- is apparently being held by German authorities pending a decision to press charges or initiate deportation.

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RC AIRPLANE PLOTTER FERDAUS DENIED BAIL

Bail was denied for Ashland, Massachusetts, resident Rezwan Ferdaus was charged today with plotting to use homemade drones to bomb the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, as well as providing detonators to undercover agents which he believed were used to kill American soldiers in Iraq.

Click for more about the detention order


Click here for the affidavit in support of criminal complaint

MANILA: HACKERS FINANCED LASHKAR E-TAIBA

A ring of terrorist hackers busted by Philippines police this week may be linked to a hacking cell indicted in the United States in 2009. Police said that the group was also involved in financing the notorious Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar E-Taiba.

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NYC BOMB SUSPECT JOSE PIMENTEL POSTED ARTICLES TO REVOLUTION MUSLIM


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Jose Pimentel, a devotee of American Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Awlaki arrested in New York this weekend for building a pipe bomb described in Al Qaeda's Inspire magazine, posted entries at least twice on Islam Policy, the radical Web site previously known as Revolution Muslim.

Full story

J.M. Berger in NY Daily News: Don't be evil

AWLAKI'S CONSTANTS: AN ENDURING WORK

A U.S. drone killed Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi on Sept. 30, 2011, but his greatest contribution to Al Qaeda's cause lives on. Awlaki's six-hour audio lecture "Constants on the Path of Jihad" may be the single most influential work of jihadist incitement in the English language.

Awlaki's translation of "Constants" into English has become a classic of radicalization in the West, not just because of Awlaki's formidable language skills, but also his creative interpretation of the original text with expanded religious stories and real-life examples.

Read the full article at the CTC Sentinel



THE UTILITY OF LONE WOLVES

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?

Read the full analysis

IS AL QAEDA'S 'INSPIRE' UNINSPIRED?


Despite all the fuss, Al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine is far from original. Clock on the image above to see a slideshow comparing Inspire to the magazines that went before it.

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Jihad Joe is the first comprehensive history of the American jihadist movement, from 1979 through the present. Click here to read more about the critical acclaim Jihad Joe has earned so far, including from the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Redstate.com and more.

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Documents: Sirhan Sirhan Claims Second Shooter, Hypno-Programming in RFK Assassination

New York Pipe Bomb Suspect Linked to Revolution Muslim

The Utility of Lone Wolves

Interview with Online Jihadist Abu Suleiman Al Nasser

A Way Forward for CVE: The Five Ds

How Terrorists Use The Internet: Just Like You

PATCON: The FBI's Secret War on the Militia Movement

Interview About Jihad With Controversial Cleric Bilal Philips

Forgeries on the Jihadist Forums

U.S. Gave Millions To Charity Linked To Al Qaeda, Anwar Awlaki

State Department Secretly Met With Followers of Blind Sheikh

State Department Put 'Political Pressure' On FBI To Deport Brother-in-Law Of Osama Bin Laden In 1995

FBI Records Reveal Details Of Nixon-Era Racial Profiling Program Targeting Arabs

Gaza Flotilla Official Was Foreign Fighter in Bosnia War

U.S. Had 'High Confidence' Of UBL Attack In June 2001

Behind the Handshake: The Rumsfeld-Saddam Meeting