Accession Number:

ADA458479

Title:

Al-Qa'ida's Spymaster Analyzes the U.S. Intelligence Community

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY COMBATING TERRORISM CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-11-06

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

On August 6, 2006 Al Jazeera broadcast a video in which Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed that al-Gamaa al-Islamiya Egyptian Islamic Group Gamaa Islamiya had joined Al-Qaida. The video also included Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah, a player in Egyptian Islamist movements since 1979 swearing allegiance to Al-Qaida on behalf of the Egyptian group. Despite al-Zawahiris star power, al-Hakaymahs claims were subsequently disputed by members of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which had formally renounced violence in 1997. Al-Hakaymahs bayat to Al Qaida corresponded with the publication of his book, The Myth of Delusion, a detailed dissertation designed to demystify the U.S. intelligence community. Arab observers, in and outside of Egypt, have since speculated that Al-Hakaymah will play an increasingly significant role in Al-Qaida because of his expertise on the United States security community and disillusionment with Gamaa Islamiyas nonviolent approach. Since releasing Myth, al-Hakaymah has circulated a brief exhortation to individual jihad entitled Toward a New Strategy and a tactical handbook entitled Fighting Alone.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE