The idea that led to 9/11 as narrated by al-Qaida: The original idea came from an Egyptian pilot who migrated to Peshawar and stayed at one of the Jihadi guest houses. In an informal sitting, he would first air his idea to hijack airplanes to strike iconic building in the US
This idea was shared with AQ's military leader at the time Abu Ubaydah al-Banshiri (also Egyptian) and later recounted by senior AQ figures Abu Hafs al-Masri and Abu al-Khayr. When in Sudan, UBL arranged for two AQ members to attend flight training.
However, plans speeded up after Khalid Sheikh Muhammed approached AQ to air his own idea of hijacking airplanes. AQ was located in Sudan at the time and the country was not considered an appropriated launching pad for such a major attack.
It was thus when AQ had relocated back to Afghanistan in 1996 that the plans started to take form with KSM as the main entrepreneur. The rest is history.
As said, this is AQ's own version. What they forgot to mention is that the majority of the AQ leadership initially actually opposed the attack.

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11 Dec 19
On 21 Nov, @Europol strongly assisted by @telegram initiated a campaign to ban and delete Jihadis and their material on the platform in the hitherto most successful online counter-offensive. But, as described by several of my colleagues, it also kickstarted several new dynamics!
At first, the crackdown was mainly focused on Telegram and targeted both AQ and IS elements - official and supporter accounts.
This led Jihadis to experiment with and migrate to new platforms: @tamtamchat, Hoop, etc..
None of these migrations were particularly successful, however, but for various reasons. @tamtamchat was extraordinarily effective beginning its own crackdown on IS accounts, while the other two platforms appear rather inappropriate for mass consumption.
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Ét spørgsmål disse dage er, hvorvidt vestlige foreign fighters skal hjemtages til retsforfølgelse. Et andet spørgsmål er forholdene for terrordømte, som blomstrede op efter det seneste angreb i London. Denne tråd omhandler sidstnævnte.
I den seneste måneds tid er der kommet to forskellige svar fra forskningsverdenen: John Horgan diskuterer vigtigheden af re-integration og de-radikalisering af terrordømte. Se disse:………
Et andet perspektiv som kommer fra Simon Cottee, som plæderer for mindre overbærenhed over for terrordømte. Argumentet er, at terrorister er en form for unikke forbrydere, som skal opfattes anderledes.
Se her:…
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13 Aug 19
I'm tremendously thrilled to see the publication of my report "Polemical and Fratricidal Jihadists: A Historical Examination of Debates, Contestation and Infighting Within the Sunni Jihadi Movement" by the @ICSR_Centre…
@ICSR_Centre Some of the findings/conclusions of the report are summarised in this infograph
In 2013-14, conflict erupted between al-Qaida and the Islamic State. Since then the two groups have been engaged in a military and discursive campaign to kill and delegitimise one another.

Internal conflict is no stranger to the Jihadi movement, however.
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Quickly browsing through the Azan magazine published by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) between March 2013 and Summer 2014. Lots of great stuff in their and need to study it closer at some point. Here's a few initial interesting observations though:
Some of the stuff really shows the difference between the AFGHAN Taliban and the PAKISTANI Taliban. These two posters for instance
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So, what countries have so far repatriated foreign fighters and their families?

Join in guys...
The US have repatriated 2 women and 6 minors…
France has on several occasions taken children and on one occasion their families……
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Here's a summary.
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