Digital Jihad: Inside Al-Qaeda’s Social Networks

Almost a decade after their emergence, Al-Qaeda’s password-protected online forums continue to remain popular. Government officials in the U.S and elsewhere have spoken out against the message boards, which are used by jihadis to converse and distribute information, saying they serve as a recruiting tool for terrorists and have been used to incite violence against the West. But some U.S. intelligence officials have argued against their removal, saying they rely on them for intelligence gathering. Deana Kjuka talks to Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and author of “The State Of Global Jihad Online.

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