Major Jihadi forums have been down for almost a week now, which ruined al-Qaeda’s release of its 9/11 anniversary video. The video is now out, but those who prepared it for distribution included the wrong password and it probably won’t be until tomorrow that the problem is corrected. Even when it finally sees the light of day, viewing it will be very anticlimactic.
My hat off to whomever succeeded in removing Ekhlaas, et al. The usual suspects (the good Doctor and the Haganaut) have denied involvement and I believe them. Still, whoever did it knew what they were doing, beyond technical proficiency–they targeted the right forums at the right time. As a gauge of the attack’s effectiveness, look at how many days it’s taken to get the message out and how clumsily it’s been distributed. If these attacks continue, al-Qaeda will have to find other means of distribution or stop telegraphing its intentions with banner ads.