Architect of New War on the West

(Washington Post) Craig Whitlock - Spanish-Syrian al-Qaeda strategist Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, one of the jihad movement's prime theorists for the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world who was arrested last October, published thousands of pages of Internet tracts on how small teams of Islamic extremists could wage a decentralized global war against the U.S. and its allies. Counterterrorism officials and analysts see Nasar's theories in action in major terrorist attacks in Casablanca in 2003, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005. In each case, the perpetrators organized themselves into local, self-sustaining cells that acted on their own but also likely accepted guidance from visiting emissaries of the global movement. Nasar's masterwork, a 1,600-page volume titled The Call for a Global Islamic Resistance, has been circulating on websites for 18 months.

2006-04-24 00:00:00

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