Rise of the Cyberjihadist: Exploring al Qaeda’s Online World

New Age of WarfareAl-Qaeda’s attacks on the U.S. changed our view of what security means in our lives. They introduced the public to a new age of warfare; unconventional methods of attack, unprecedented in origin and execution, waged by a non-state actor that lacks aspects intrinsic in the identity of a nation-state like nationality, language and sometimes-recognized territory, targeting economic and political icons in the heartland of the most capable superpower. This has introduced us to a new age of organized and ideologically driven terrorism that’s fueled by the use of technology. This has subsequently required the international intelligence apparatus to widen the scope of understanding unconventional threats and prepare for a new evolution in warfare. For 9/11 it was suicide-airliner bombings, making way for new airport security measures, TSA empowerment, and all sorts of no-fly lists. Today, unconventional warfare 2.0 emerged – arguably the most “dangerous” type.…

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Laith Alkhouri

Mr. Alkhouri conducts research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy and terrorism-related documents in his native tongue, Arabic, and possesses a deep knowledge and understanding of global...