A recent move by al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, the al-Nusra Front, illustrates again the importance of social media for the global jihadi movement and its effect on the evolution in jihadi online platforms.


In an unexpected and unprecedented turn of events, al-Qaeda members and jihadists from all over the world who embrace the ideology of global jihad are now doubting the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and calling for his removal.


AQAP leader Abu Baseer al-Wuhayshi

Reports circulated in the media point to an intercepted communication between al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Abu Baseer al-Wuhayshi as causing the U.S. government to issue a travel alert and temporarily close its embassies.


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