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The Web as al-Qaida's safety net

With the world focused on the war in Iraq, it is easy to forget about al-Qaida. But al-Qaida has not forgotten about the war. Even before the first U.S. missiles hit Baghdad, the terrorist network and its sympathizers were posting calls for vengeance on Web sites that have taken the anti-American jihad into cyberspace. “The main way al-Qaida recruits new members now is the Web,” says Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute, a nonprofit group in Washington that tracks terror-related Web sites. “They’re taking huge advantage of the situation. The war in Iraq is the best they could wish for in terms of recruitment.” In recent days the elaborate Web sites have added angry rhetoric about the war and photos of bloody Iraqi bombing victims to their usual fare: audio of Osama bin Laden’s pronouncements, slick propaganda videos and even chemical weapons cookbooks. Full Story

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