This is an ICSR Insight written by Research Fellow, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens On the ten year anniversary of 9/11 earlier this month ICSR published an authoritative report on Anwar al-Awlaki, As American as Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki became the Face of Western Jihad.
The demise of Anwar al-Awlaki, if reports of his death are accurate, represents a significant milestone in the fight against al-Qaeda. Despite his involvement with a number of both successful and abortive terrorist attacks against the West, it is Awlaki’s ability to project Salafi-jihadi ideology
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The story of Anwar al-Awlaki, and in particular his intellectual progression to jihad, reveals a unique trajectory of jihadism in the West. This movement is not just confined to Muslim majority countries, and through arguments he and others have provided, its message now resonates with a small section of Western Muslims. The movement has achieved this level of resonance through a process which includes the appropriation of contemporary Western political discourse about human rights, injustice and foreign policy, interwoven with the history of Islam and the fostering a of global Islamic consciousness which demands violent action in order to survive and expand.
As American as Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad PDF 96 Pages
Note: Israel’s involvement in the murder of US citizens is included above for two reasons. First, they have fronted for the US Government on occasion; and second, the Israeli lack of ethics and the US Government’s lack of ethics are now identical.