“Jihobbyists” No More: English-Speaking Western Jihadists Coming of Age
“We were ordinary members at the al-Ekhlaas forum and we learned a lot from the brothers who took charge of jihadi media work before us—and it is only normal for us to start our own active campaign at the first chance we got. And that’s what we did, so we established this site, and told everyone we knew from the al-Ekhlaas network about this forum…We went outside the usual jihadi media route, but we terrorize in the real world as much as we terrorize online, so whoever wishes to join is welcome, and those who don’t should hold their tongues about us and go away. And although low in number, we are strong in determination, and anyone who joins us will realize that immediately.. say, if any of the brothers at al-Fajr Media wishes to receive assurances about us and if you are in communication with them, then inform them that we would like to meet with them. We ask them to come here and distribute a bulletin outlining the action plan for the al-Ansar network—and we are willing to blow ourselves up near the infidels at any moment, and if they have enough resources to provide us with the necessary financing, then a terrorist is ready.”
Full post HERE
CTC Sentinel Report on Al-Ansar Network
My report on Al-Ansar Network Map
“Hapless wannabe’s” is the term used for the likes of Jihad Jane before her little trip to Europe to attempt to assassinate a cartoonist. Or, maybe you would like to talk about Nidal, and his spree shooting incident instead. Both have touches of being spurred on to committing these crimes by the online jihadist networks as “lone wolf” actors.
Who or what are these jihadist networks online?
… and the list goes on. Many of them now customed out with English mirror content (almost mirrored, sometimes the translations differ) to make it easier for the non Arab US/UK Muslim or in the case of Jane, Nidal, and Abdumutallab, mentally unbalanced individual to wage jihad.
English however, is just a subset now and these sites are popping up in German as well as Malay, Thai, etc. The jihadists are branching out with franchise opportunities. Many of these sites you may have seen here on this blog of late as I have been mapping them and writing about these changes.
So how do we police this? Obviously in the case of Nidal and Jane, they were known to have ties and or conversations online with known actors. Yet, they were allowed to walk about until they finally “went off” Why is that? Perhaps they weren’t being tailed online as well as they could be? Perhaps they were just deemed to be “hapless” and non threats?
What I do know though is that Jane is just one in perhaps many more to follow on the Muslima jihadi path. These sites have been lately developing a content area(s) for muslim women to become shahid.
It’s the next wave.
What I want to know is: “How is this news to anyone in the CT arena?” This has been going on for months now. I can see the media just picking up on this, but the CT folks should be up on this.
Anyway, what needs to happen here? These sites to be taken down permanently by governments? Used for surveillance and capture? Perhaps a little agent provocateur action?
We can just DoS them for 30 minutes at a time… Oh, wait, that’s useless.
It’s an interesting question and I don’t have the full answer. I believe though that they should be used against them. These sites should be p0wn3d and all data harvested. Agent provocateurs inserted into each and every one of them and arrests made. Not just one’sy two-sy arrests either. For that matter get the intel and send in the predators.
In short use them as the OSINT/INTEL sources that they are.
Keep your eyes on the news people. I expect to see more women and lone wolf actors to come.