April 02, 2012
Some High Level al-Qaeda Forums Closed
Regardless of the cause of the latest outages, if they persist, the larger consequences could be far-reaching, said A. Aaron Weisburd, a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute who runs Internet Haganah, a site that tracks jihadi forums.More here at WAPO:
The loss of primary forums such as Shumukh and al-Fida’ would deprive al-Qaeda of control over its message, he said. “It leaves the rank-and-file to guess which messages and which messengers are genuine al-Qaeda, and provides undercover operators with new opportunities to disrupt the movement,” he said.
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