Al Qaeda's New Life on the Internet

(Newsweek) Mark Hosenball - Intelligence and terrorism experts say the Islamist presence on the Internet is expanding rapidly. distributed an audio message from Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, taking responsibility for the Mombasa, Kenya attacks. The CIA employs "psy-ops" agents and linguists who work chat rooms, trying either to trick radicals into revealing information or posing as moderate Muslims countering extremist arguments. Six months ago, a U.S. Internet service provider learned that it was hosting, regarded as a semiofficial Qaeda site. recently carried copies of two training manuals: "The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook" and "The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook."

2002-12-25 00:00:00

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