Doubts on Threat to New York Indicated on Jihadi Sites

The flashy postings on jihadi sites appearing to warn of an imminent Qaeda attack on New York City were unlikely to be linked to any credible threat, experts said on Tuesday. A movie-poster-like sign showing the words “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again in New York” superimposed over the Manhattan streetscape generated considerable Internet heat on Monday, and the police told The Daily News, “We take all things like this seriously.”

But one jihad researcher from Brandeis University pointed out to The Lede that the context on what appears to be its original site indicates that the sign was created “as a note on how to Photoshop.” And another Western jihad-tracking blogger wrote that jihadi Internet forums had never been the source of successful attacks. Read more on The Lede »

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