The Fifth Man (oder der V-Mann)

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My mini-foray into the old Salafist scene in Ulm, Germany, based on the Leicester angle of the recent arrest of the Belkaid brothers got me very interested in the old Sauerland Cell.  For my readers who are thoroughly familiar with this group, I beg your patience as I relate the details to those who aren’t so familiar. Continue reading

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Back In The Game

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On September 14 Sky News first reported that Iran had released five members of al Qaeda as part of a prisoner exchange for Iranian diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakht, kidnapped in Sanaa in July 2013.  Days later the story was picked up by the NY Times, then the Washington Post, and received an in-depth treatment in the Long War Journal. Continue reading