Online Exchange between Mustafa Hamid and Saif Al-'Adl Represents New Wave of Internal Jihadi Criticism

 July 13, 2011

Over recent months, jihadi discourse has witnessed an intriguing phenomenon in the form of an online exchange between prominent jihad writer Mustafa Hamid, also known as Abu Al-Walid Al-Masri, a longtime critic of Al-Qaeda, and one of the organization's most senior operatives, Saif Al-'Adl. The debate between the two provided Hamid with a new opportunity to criticize Al-Qaeda's overall strategy of open war with the U.S., as well as its specific tactics, most notably the 9/11 attacks. Saif Al-'Adl responded to this criticism by defending Al-Qaeda in articles that appeared on Hamid's website.

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