Headlines announcing "Militant had no ties to terrorists organizations" are distressing to say the least. Abu Musab al-Suri, having survived the attacks made on the training camps in Afghanistan in 2001, realized that a hierarchical structure for Jihad organizations would always be dismantled by security services. He thus devised the strategy of “individual Jihad” which is in use today. (See “A Terrorist’s Call to Global Jihad”).
Online publications, such as “Inspire” and “Dabiq”, provide ideology, training, encouragement and target selection for Jihadis world-wide. Currently the Magazines encourage the use of readily available vehicles and knives as weapons for attacks, as we have seen in London and elsewhere. ISIS did, in fact, claim responsibility for the success of “the blessed attacks in London”.
Authorities should derive meager comfort from finding no overt ties to Jihad organizations: this is as intended by Abu Musab al-Suri.
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