I am not aware of any station in the world except for Al-Jazeera that makes the transcript_and_audio of every single program available. Its an amazing resource but now its even better- you can watch the actual TV program on Youtube.
Yesterday, I was thrilled to come across the TV (or visual) of a 2006 episode of “Top Secret” by Yousri Fouda on “Al-Qaeda in the Levant.” For two years, I had been hoping to catch a rerun on Al-Jazeera but no such luck (previously I had only read the transcript but it becomes much clearer seeing the accompanying tv). In part one ( transcript / video) Fouda sneaks into Iraq during the height of the insurgency and in part two ( transcript / video) he examines whether Al-Qaeda is gaining a foothold in the Levant. Its as good an investigative journalism piece I’ve seen on Al-Qaeda.
I often talk about how important cultural, historical, religious context is when trying to analyze Al-Qaeda and this series is great at this. Even though this episode is a bit dated (2006) it should be translated and screened at the Al-Qaeda unit of every US intel agency. Even for those who know no Arabic its still worth skimming through.
The series brings up so many critical points which I will be blogging about over the next week.
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