Monday, March 17, 2008

Getting Inside al Qaeda

It is wonderful to see the fine efforts of the many professionals finally coming to fruition. And it might finally get some public acknowledgment, though I am not going to hold my breath for it. I have always praised these guys and gals for their excellent work. Now root out the rest of the terrorists and make us all happy!

Counter-Terrorism: Getting Inside al Qaeda: "Getting Inside al Qaeda
March 17, 2008: After seven years of intense effort, Western counter-terror organizations appear to have developed a growing network of spies within al Qaeda, and other Islamic terrorist organizations. There are two primary reasons for this (aside from persistence). First, there was the defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq. The 2004 al Qaeda decision to undertake a massive terror campaign in Iraq did much to reduce al Qaeda's stature throughout the Arab world. Many al Qaeda members, and supporters became demoralized at the slaughter of so many Moslems, and the inability to kill many infidels (non-Moslems). Opinion surveys throughout the Moslem world clearly show al Qaeda popularity declining as the number of Moslem terror victims in Iraq increased. The same pattern could be seen on pro-al Qaeda web sites. Much of this chatter never got much exposure in the West, because most of it was in Arabic, and rarely monitored and translated by news organizations. But the number of Islamic radicals, unhappy with how Islamic terrorists have been operating, just keeps growing. This provided opportunities for Western intel agencies to get inside the terror networks."

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