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did they excrete off of a ship wreck where they brought here hundreds of years ago by pirates and explorers they are truly one of nature's most amusing accidents. because of this all seems cute but animal rights activists have raised the alarm they claim local businesses are mistreating the pigs and exploiting them for profit for example by throwing them into the water for the amusement of tourists came around half from the bahamas humane society says it all comes down to ignorance. i think the stupidity with the animals is fairly ignorant so we see the same for. lace all over the world we have seen in many many video clips of tourists trying to feed them. but we've seen pictures of people trying to ride on their backs throwing sand teasing them. tour operators are offering the chance to
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swim with pigs have defended their business saying the animals aren't harmed the popularity of the original feral colony has seen a host of other pig related attractions spring up with forty's now promising to regulate the side of the tourism industry came around again wants greater oversight . people need to know how to behave around them and they need to be careful and then needs to be someone who is watching who can stop people from behaving inappropriately and unless there is adequate surveillance no i don't think. they don't all have adequate shelter they don't have adequate fresh what and they are forced to beg for their food frequently there are no regulations here in the bahamas to protect the pigs from the stupidity of humans. our north korea has test fired several short range missiles into the sea off its
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east coast this according to the south korean military the missile reportedly landed in the sea of japan on saturday morning japan has said it is unaware of any missile activity and the u.s. says it is monitoring the situation this comes after pyongyang threatened to respond to joint air force drills between south korea and the u.s. which have been ongoing since the late april. for that does it for me i will be back with headlines in let's say twenty minutes thomas could have with us. welcome to sophie and co and sophie shevardnadze a man who swore an oath of allegiance to osama bin laden and met with the architects of the nine eleven attacks ayman dean is with me today talking about his
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journey from an al qaeda operative to a top and i six spy. the transition from collective primrose school to. the load to wreaking all else carnage across the world is there really a single toss to terrorism every recruit how do violent groups like al qaeda recruits new members and what happens if someone decides they have to get out of the deadly game. a mundane former al qaeda operative turned one of your case top intelligence assets within the terrorist group welcome to the show it's really great to have you with us today excited to even have to have you now you were described as a master bomb maker and w m d specialist but also a religious scholar what was your occupation with their guns ation exactly. well i
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mean when i joined the organization in one thousand and seven. i was more or less already attorney in mum and the idea basically i thought i wanted to you know give religious lessons and i was giving religious lessons to some of the recruits but also they noticed that they had been up to two and four month and chemistry and so that's why they assigned me to a small lab somewhere in the west of dell about in the gunnison which was working on explosives chemical weapons boys and some biological weapons and so that's why they sent me that basically but did you actually have to fight like take part in any field operations well when the time basically in afghanistan the fight was against the northern alliance which was composed of a michelle massaro downed bonnie and also the just and we know that was big fight as so they were congregating mostly in the north of kabul so i would take some more
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patients and i was sent to the frontline you know basically once every three months but i wouldn't call that fighting it was mostly you know exchanging mortise you know with the enemy so how hard was it for you to cross that border from a normal life into a life which is pretty much about killing. well you know it was really at the age of sixteen when i wanted to go to bosnia and fight the jihad there so when i was leaving aside arabia and the comfort of my life there i wasn't thinking that i was going to join a terror organization it was more like the international brigade of the spanish civil war so we were going to volunteer fight him on one side of the civil war in bosnia which is the side of the bosnian muslims against the serbs it wasn't you know the intention to go and join a terror organization is just i didn't know that the jihad in bosnia was run by.
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managed by members or veterans of the egyptian jemaah islamiya you know the group that was responsible and the early one nine hundred eighty s. for the assassination of president sadat in egypt he wants out that that brutality of the boston war made you question your commitment to them which i had seen cause but after bosnia you want to of galveston and couldn't resist a ideological appeal. what was it about them that was so irresistible so to say i mean how do you go from a moment of critical doubt to punching into that pool job back. it was a toxic mix all theology politics and eschatology or basically you know the prophecies of ancient islam basically. preached to us of the time telling us that we are in of the soldiers of destiny that somehow i want to
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jihad is to bring about no the fifth or the fifth stage of islamic history is basically to recreate the caitiff it that's what they were telling us of the time und that to was enough of you know for me to be in a fascinating to join because i remember in the when you were out of the comes the are not exposed to other forms of opinion in and that is there isn't the opinion of the country or opinion there is only that this openly and the supporting opinion and the even more supporting opinion. so you point to the deadly terror attacks on u.s. embassies in ninety eight asked events that made you reconsider your decision to join al qaeda but all kind of is pretty nigh any attacks also included collateral damage why they just still decided to join it in nineteen ninety eight the attacks against the u.s. embassies and there will be in turns on you was a massive departure from what
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a car that was planning to do you see the first attack for a car there or a fire the affiliate was in riyadh a nine hundred ninety five against american military contractors and then of course there was the whole bar bombings although al qaida didn't do it but it was also targeting inside arabia to last august saying u.s. air force pilots so the dog us with a military in a sense and i thought when i joined the organization that the fight would be against the americans and the american military inside arabia that's what the law then was preaching to us at the time that the fight would be to expel the american forces out of the middle east altogether so when the attacks happened in africa it was a complete departure because it no we are killing first of all u.s. diplomats not military and killing them on in countries that has nothing to do whatsoever with the fight between us and the americans so two hundred twenty
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african civilians were killed that day five thousand wounded hundred of them fifty of them were blinded for life because of the shock mills embedded within the device so of course that was a shocking event for me it was a departure from what the guy that was doing before so he worked with new recruits for al qaeda in afghanistan where they where of the balance they were getting into there were it's going to be violent they were aware that it's jihad after all and it's not going to be a picnic therefore they are going to commit their lives to the cause in all. that too and that's what they call i don't want to do the time in order to expel the americans out of the middle east bring about the change in the governance. and create the kind of a dot what was. brought them into the fold of jihad in a field of a card that. you know. and that was a common theme among them all so as you've sat radicalization happens in different
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ways for some it's a matter of days for others years but have you ever noticed common features in this individual journeys to extract his i'm anything but unites them except the purpose . the five common themes in the first one is the need for dempsey and many people understand that islam is a guilt based religion most of devout muslim and i feel guilty about many things but that's what islam is about and therefore basically there is a need for redemption and not to do within every muslim. now you know in a one point eight billion muslims on the very few people seek redemption in jihad that i stick with them should end in good actions and charity and being good to others but there are a few people who seek attention and jihad because jihad they know. is which breach is the short to spot to heaven so jihad the most of them so redemption the second
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is empowerment people basically who feel marginalized people feel feel they are powerless in front of what they perceive to be injustice of the injustice of their governments or the injustice of the global system as a whole so empowerment is a second theme the third theme is revenge in a people feel that since they identify with islam as their only identity if that identity is under attack or have been violated therefore they need to do something in order to avenge the you know that this on that that happened in or took place against their identities so event is that the theme also fourth theme you will see here basically is that liberation of the in a sadist i mean there are segments of the jihad just you know mindsets you know some within the you know within the jihadist community who really are say this they came from prisons they came from violent homes they had violent upbringing and
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so therefore they find that indeed they can liberate that in a sadist to commit an act of violence that is defined against an enemy and the fifth. in a common theme is destiny prophecies eschatology the fact that they are. fulfilling the divine blueprint for this war that has taken place right now they think basically they are fulfilling a certain set of prophecies so you because you're very well learned in islamic studies where the person who'd explain below or of their religion to records i heard that isis fighters have a really shallow understanding of islam is this true i mean do extremists need a better religious education do they all really understand the face they're fighting for. of course because the problem is we have a theological crisis right now within islam. and that is because many muslims out on the world basically have a superficial understanding of their face and also that is exploited by many
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preachers who have voltaire motives in a for fourteen hundred dia's enter the sea elegy of jihad always stated that jihad or the deployment of violence is the prerogative of the states now suddenly for the past fifty years we see that it became the probative of individuals and small groups of individuals and that wasn't the case at all we were told for fourteen hundred days that suicide is forbidden no exception now we see that suicide. in the battlefield or in a war situation or in terrorism is allowed under the only allowed but you can't take others with you and suicide missions and so that's in a state of the that is a testament that we have a problem within islamic theology that need to be fixed and we need to educate the young people about it. anyone who tells you come and join the jihad than you would say well i thought the jihad was into the pocket of the state how could i basically
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go against my own nation state that is why the problem we see i know is not battle between islam and the west it is actually a battle within islam a civil war within islam or at we can take a short break right now when we're back we'll continue to topple a mundane former al qaeda member who turning to one of the top m i six spy is discussing his path to intelligence work state. join me every thursday. and i'll be speaking to us in the world of politics.
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i'm sure. i'll see you then. we're back with mr am and being up for al qaeda member who defected from the group to work with western intelligence services discussing his lives as an infiltrator within. how does a bay a camp of a terrorist group like that operate when he decides who is in charge you watch. what is the chain of command what is to standard of the training are there former
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officers doing like marine type drills for everyone. well i mean if i tell you for example what a comp that belong to a car that looked like for example which operated in the mid one nine hundred ninety s. until it was bombed in one thousand nine hundred eight by the americans of the suffolk a woman's every day we would wake up for example in zero eight before dawn prayer as you know for the prayers of course and then there is the morning parade and then there is a military training. you know there will be a minute of training with its weapons and warfare mountain warfare explosives and you know other. military tactics and then there would be the religious training the ideological training and then there would be the creation of activities you know sports hiking and even volleyball or football something about. so of course there would be the meals and the players in between who is in charge and of course
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basically the chain of command goes all the way to osama bin laden of the time but of course someone like of the the who was the military commander of a car that would decide who would be the. you know the leaders of these comes who are the trainers and the instructors most of them are veterans of the afghan jihad against the soviets and the post but there are some who came from out of military. remember we used to have people who used to be former egyptian military officer former syrian military offices. and or from kuwait even at the time who used to be even in the bodyguards of them out of kuwait even so they would bring in their military experience and in the rich the training experience of the operatives. so are all kind of people records for crowns commanders getting paid like people in isis may who handles the money where does it come from well the money at the time
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used to come from donations also from that i'm months of blood investments and so done so generally speaking if you are looking at the guy the operatives who wear the money than have families most of them were getting stipends you know from a card as general command but you know some engaged in trade and that was one of the things that enabled me to later infiltrate them properly because many of the card as commandos have their own families and they wanted to expand their own trade so they would trade in luxury food items in a like honey or a pink hemingway and salt or gun nuts and spices and we would exported them to the middle east and europe so i was one of those who at some point help them set up some of the business up about this and that enabled me to come and go out of afghanistan more frequently and that was my cover story of
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a thon. syllogistic logistics wise are these terror groups efficient at providing supplies information aid exciter and or are they chaotic and undisciplined yes and no. no you really hit the nail here when you say that they are both disciplined and chaotic jihadism is a concern and the life within in a jihad is groups into gives you the impression that they are really disciplined and organized but the same time there is an element of chaos. and disorganization and you see it. in a walk working in parallel with each other you see that contradiction in the could this thing so yes sometimes basically you think that it's all going smooth and sometimes no it's a no totally chaotic it depends on who is in charge at the particular place in a particular time so have you seen how the operations are planed i mean who picks
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to target who distributes to roles and how is there a group that scouts out of target and other that conducts state tax. well it depends on each country and each cell within a country so for example in saudi arabia it's one of the places where i monitor the working of a car in that country they would have a group that would do that economists and then there is a group that will actually put together the. group or secure the weapons a group basically will be the one who will build the devices for the suicide vehicles and then you have the foot soldiers on the ground who would basically execute the attack. you know for example there was another. situation like for example in iraq you would have you know most of these people actually marched together so you will have the group that will pick the targets.
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and decide what operations they will carry out and then you have a group that would build the bombs and then you would have the group who were executed so it all depends basically on the day nomics of the theater they are operating in. ten minutes you left and then you great to spy on them for m i six are terror groups like al qaeda are fairly well penetrated by governments or worry i rare a big hit for the case by service and the fifty three months between one thousand nine hundred ninety nine and two thousand and one when i was infiltrating the minute gonna stand during these times five spies were apprehended by a car the two were working for the do then in intelligence services and three were working for. an intelligence service and they were executed i don't know if they were truly spies or not but it shows that there were concerted efforts by many governments to try to infiltrate them and for good reason there were many
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jordanians there were many egyptians there were many algeria there were many saudis so in the many countries had stakes in trying to infiltrate them but that was about . organization and they were conducting random checks even i was subject to random check at some point i was able basically you know i was lucky actually to be able to withstand that so in a sense that paranoia. you know netted them some successes in terms of counter intelligence but because of they went effect too many many multiple stakeholders you know they were. and they were going to zation that there's a target for infiltration by the many different players so what was i see maybe i was i had a t. in the sense that i wasn't quote and that's i think in the way of the narrative comes in so i wonder how you pulled that off what made you believe you could pull that. well first of all you know as
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a spy you have to really split your own personality into two you that is the committed jihad ist that was still alive that are within me and then there is the bus and who wanted to counter everything they were doing and try and dismantle everything they were doing so you have to really become a good actor in order to fool them you have to follow your own family in order to fool them that's the first thing the second thing is you have to be useful. and by that i mean basically i've learned certain skills one of them is bomb making the other basically was to do in a business on behalf of some of the commanders who had families to feed so they can't afford to suspect you and they know any better though if they have about you basically they brush it aside because they are dependent on you so dependence is important also the sametime of lead the skill off interpreting dreams using the koran as a member a someone who actually memorize a koran by heart and as people who are reading the koran every day of the jihad
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just dreams are always influenced by the koran so if i know the koran by heart i could basically if i learn some you know understand some psychology of dream interpretation then i'll be able to even gain more intelligence where they will come to me and tell me about their own dreams because it matters to them so much a superstitious people and they will tell me more about them themselves about where they come from their families their mothers their patterns their siblings so that was important i'd never ask questions so i just become useful skilful and people will come to me and volunteer information as a you know as a result. i just wonder what's it like to meet your former brothers in arms again when you went back but this time as someone who is there to help bring them down i mean he trusted these guys you were right to commit your life to them. how now you're here working against them looking looking at them into their eyes i mean you
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must have had pretty strong feelings about them to be able to do it it's one of the conundrums of spying especially on large groups like these specially with the sense of camaraderie and the sense of great affection that they show to each other and of course they shown to me and i have to show back to them that he is you have to differentiate between the individual and the cause you have to separate completely between the individual you are targeting in a for information and to understand and the cause they are pursuing. just because you know you love your brother or sister doesn't mean basically that you to liberate them if they become serial killers. you know you know the love for the person is there but the hatred for what they stand for is also there and you can actually combine both of the same time if you learn how to do it then you know you would be able to continue spying on them without raising suspicion without being
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seen to be hostile to them personally rather than to the cause they are pursuing but worry ever tempted to maybe say the love is there as well where you were tempted to maybe save them and bring them on the bright side well that's that's would be a suicide for me i mean basically the end of this is a way of survival instincts kick in then say no don't do it in the trying to bring them to the bright side i mean basically i mean i would end up. in a five inches shorter. if that we have to happen so no survival instinct you know we're in a kickin then would prevent me from trying to explain to them that well i mean what you're doing is wrong you look at the big picture for the greater good it maybe these people need saving but you know that the priority for me is saving those who will be their future victims. and then there is this and infiltration op was and ate by a leak from the american site which could have ended your life basically with a slew of publication in a press about a spy and al qaeda out there for everyone to read it and as far as i understood
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before that you managed to make it work quite well was it a pity to have to end it like that. through no fault of yours or was it maybe a relief that you don't have to do it anymore whether. it's interesting that you mentioned relief in a yes it was a relief in a sense but of course of the beginning. it was a sense of anger and a sense of frustration that this should happen you know i was actually luckily i was on a holiday in potus and it was the first one of they have i think you know just americans through and it's. so basically i was in paris and then i received a text from a comrades of mine in the from a former associate telling me basically you know go on the read the time magazine the website there's a spy among us so when i went to read of course you know my heart sank all the way to my stomach and i realize they were talking about me you know there were so many
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operations i was involved in you know in two thousand and five two thousand and four thousand and three and prior to that and i can see you know that many pieces of intelligence came from me and i was the only common denominator between all of these operations and intel. who's left with the mis way so of course i knew that the guy that will put two and two together and say read the article in the book that was in a promoted in that article. and there will issue there for. two years later actually they did find it i read it and worked it out. you know. demises or basically you know giving permission for my killing but what about now now that you're super public about it are you not afraid of al qaeda being up to you well i mean they want all of that two attempts on my life before there was
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a book or publication or anything. you know so it's you know so somehow coming out publicly you know in a way actually if it lessened then decrease the amount of death threats i'm getting so i was getting more death threats actually before the publication since then basically being quieter and for a good reason because basically you know being public is better for security in than being you know in hiding as far as these groups are concerned it's counter-intuitive but that's out of the well thank you so much for this wonderful insight and for this interview it's been a great pleasure talking to a very interesting. where we're talking to a mundane for world had a member who defected and worked for u.k. sky services talking about his past from jihad to intelligence work that's it for this edition of something called school next.
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