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FP: How to Beat al-Qaeda at its Own Game

Authors: Frank Cilluffo, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University, and Daniel Kimmage
April, 2009


Frank Cilluffo and Daniel Kimmage examine the difficulties in countering al-Qaeda's grip on the jihadi narrative.

Excerpt: You've probably never heard of Badr Mish'al al-Harbi, but to many, he's a hero. The star of a June 2008 Internet video called "The State of Islam [Shall] Endure," Harbi appeared under the nom de guerre Abu Omar al-Kuwaiti to sing the praises of martyrdom. Two months earlier, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas had profiled him, describing the young man as brave and pious. Today, there are 2,000 Google Arabic hits for his pseudonym.

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