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How Al Qaeda uses the Internet

The Internet has replaced Afghanistan as the main meeting place for radical Islamists, according to experts studying Al Qaeda’s presence on the web. They say the Internet is one of Al Qaeda’s key survival tools, through which it is waging a relentless propaganda campaign to incite war against the West. Thomas Hegghammer, who researches Islamist websites at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, last year found a 42-page document detailing how terrorist attacks timed for the Spanish elections could damage the Western coalition in Iraq. “Spain can stand a maximum of two or three attacks before they will withdraw from Iraq,” the document said. With hindsight, it suggests a further possible link between Al Qaeda and the Madrid blasts. Full Story

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