Terror Web Watch for July 15, 2005
Item 1: British-based Islamists and their Web sites
Item 2: Cleavages in radical Islam: one British radical stands against the attacks, Zarqawi’s former partner criticizes him on al-Jazeera
Item 3: Alleged stolen credit card numbers and pins posted on the al-Firdaws Web site
Item 4: Abu Musaab al-Suri directs a threat to Europe: 01/2005
Item 5: Al-Hayat cannot find any trace of suspected bomb maker’s involvement in Islamist circles prior to London attacks
Item 6: Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers denies that a top aide was captured, mocks the US for claiming detainees are “top lieutenants”
The Terror Web Watch collects intelligence through active monitoring of Jihadist and other threat group web sites, forums, and other communication environments. Terrorists and their supporters call it Jihad electroni, the electronic Jihad. For them, exploiting the Internet is considered a vital part of raising money, spreading their ideology, building up support, and inspiring others to become terrorists. To a lesser extent, the Internet is also used for training, by circulating training manuals and videos, for discussing targets, and for planning and organizing operations.
Given how important the Internet is to terrorists and to the greater radical Islamist movement that supports them, monitoring the activities of terrorists and suspected terrorists in cyberspace should be nearly as paramount as monitoring their activities on the ground.