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Topic - Jarret Brachman
The blind sheik, convicted of orchestrating the deadly World Trade Center bombing 20 years ago, has benefited from a sophisticated social media messaging machine despite serving life in prison in a solitary confinement cell in North Carolina.
A U.S. drone strike has killed al Qaeda's second-in-command, an American official said Tuesday, a significant blow to the terror network that has lost a string of top leaders since the death of Osama bin Laden last year.
A U.S. drone strike has killed one of the most senior al Qaeda operatives, and the White House said Tuesday the terrorist group was left with "no clear successor."
A U.S. drone strike has killed a top al Qaeda operative, and the White House said Tuesday that the terrorist group was left with "no clear successor."
Al Qaeda was so unpopular among Muslims that Osama bin Laden considered changing the terror network's name and warned other extremist groups to keep their distance in public, according to computer files found at his hideout.
They “have called for the Blind Sheik's freedom among their own extremist ranks,” Brachman said.
Mr. Brachman said he later went to Mauritania for advanced religious studies that he then used in repeated videos and other al Qaeda outreach designed to attract followers and justify the group's deadly tactics.