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British Muslim computer geek, son of diplomat, revealed as al Qaeda's top cyber terrorist

A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became al Qaeda's top internet agent, it can be revealed today.

Younes Tsouli, 23, an IT student at a London college, used his top-floor flat in W12 to help Islamist extremists wage a propaganda war against the West.

Under the name Irhabi 007 — combining the James Bond reference with the Arabic for terrorist — he worked with al Qaeda leaders in Iraq and came up with a way to convert often gruesome videos into a form that could be put onto the Web.

Videos he posted included messages from Osama bin Laden and images of the kidnapping and murder of hostages in Iraq such as American Nick Berg.

His capture led to the arrest of several Islamic terrorists around the world, including 17 men in Canada and two in the US.

Associates linked to Tsouli in the UK have also now been detained. His 10-year jail sentence was increased to 16 years last month.

At first intelligence operatives who came across his activities dismissed him as a joke. It was only when anti-terrorist detectives began trawling through files on his computer after his arrest that they realised his true significance.

When he was seized, forensic science officers found that Tsouli had been creating a website called YOUBOMBIT.

At his trial at Woolwich crown court a jury heard how the Met trawled through a “hugely gigantic'' amount of material — computers, CDs and memory sticks — to bring Tsouli and two other men to justice.

Detectives found literature urging Muslims to take up the fight against other religions. It was the first time anyone in Britain had been prosecuted for inciting terrorist murder purely based on the internet, the court heard.

Tsouli, who set up and ran several sites over the summer of 2005, was described as the most prominent of the three on trial. The other two were also jailed. One intelligence source said: “In a network structure, if you get the right guy the whole thing goes down.”

Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, the head of the Met's counterterrorism operations, said: “It was the first virtual conspiracy to murder that we have seen.”

Tsouli arrived in London in 2001 with his father, a Moroccan diplomat. He studied IT at a college in central London and was quickly radicalised by images of the war in Iraq posted on the internet.

By 2003 he had already begun posting his own material including a manual on computer hacking and a year later had moved on to publishing extremist images and al Qaeda propaganda on the web.

It is claimed al Qaeda leaders in Iraq spotted Tsouli's work and took the decision to recruit him, using his expertise to post their own extremist videos to a wider audience.

In 2005, Tsouli became administrator for the web forum al-Ansat, used by 4,500 extremists to communicate with each other, sharing such practical information as how to make explosives and how to get to Iraq to become a suicide bomber.

But the enterprise had become so huge, it began to attract the attention of cyber-trackers who monitor the internet for extremists, leading to Tsouli's arrest.

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Added: Jan-16-2008 
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  • IMPALE HIM ON A PIKE

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  • What a prick face

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  • ukilledkenny: "I wonder what his LL username is?"
    I bet it was Bannister LMAO

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  • Kill tha PIG

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  • KellyKillsit: "
    madness8: "
    shed77: "
    gary123456: "he only got 16 years. what the hell, should be life in maximum security. fuc*en joke. sounds like he was a major player."
    thats a caveat of living in a society that is free, tolerant, liberal (not the political def. of lib).

    no matter how sure we are that this young person was gonna murder someone...he still never did, and our prison system is out to rehabilitate people rather than lock them up.

    if our society was a tyra More..
    If your society would stop messing in their land This kid will be doing other things than hating the people that destroy and invade their culture.
    Terrorism has it reason..you know that..is a fucked up way of think but unfortunately, this will grow even bigger..with every year that this pseudo "war on terror" keep lying about it's real reasons .

    EVERYTHING has a reason.

    damn 23 years old,,,and now he will be throw in a freaking cage..what a moron, but unfortunately this will not be the last case.

    they are our terrorists, we are their terrorists....who will have the last word?...we all are fucked up one way or another.

    I just love this fucking world.."
    Nobody is messing with his land, he's from Morroco. He lives in Britain."
    Their holy land..

    I don't know you but the currents conflicts..happens to be in the 90% where live Muslim population..I'm not a Muslims but I see a pattern...

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  • Warren really looks like crap in this picture.

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  • Looks like somebody "resisted arrest" and had to be pimped slapped a few times.

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  • LOL, looks like he got some well-deserved beating in the UK :-)

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  • Larson_01: "
    lasrever: "
    shed77: "
    gary123456: "he only got 16 years. what the hell, should be life in maximum security. fuc*en joke. sounds like he was a major player."
    thats a caveat of living in a society that is free, tolerant, liberal (not the political def. of lib).

    no matter how sure we are that this young person was gonna murder someone...he still never did, and our prison system is out to rehabilitate people rather than lock them up.

    if our society was a tyranny More..
    agreed

    a measure of the degree of civilization in a society is the manner in which it treats its prisoners (and the less fortunate, in general)"
    Yes, in fact Britain is so civilized that law-abiding people are afraid to go out after dark:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d04_1196120312"
    so, who's gonna get ya after dark....is it "the muslims"?????

    i got some neighborhoods in dallas you should visit after dark.

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  • he only got 16 years. what the hell, should be life in maximum security. fuc*en joke. sounds like he was a major player.

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  • madness8: "
    KellyKillsit: "
    madness8: "
    shed77: "
    gary123456: "he only got 16 years. what the hell, should be life in maximum security. fuc*en joke. sounds like he was a major player."
    thats a caveat of living in a society that is free, tolerant, liberal (not the political def. of lib).

    no matter how sure we are that this young person was gonna murder someone...he still never did, and our prison system is out to rehabilitate people rather than lock them up.

    if our so More..
    If your society would stop messing in their land This kid will be doing other things than hating the people that destroy and invade their culture.
    Terrorism has it reason..you know that..is a fucked up way of think but unfortunately, this will grow even bigger..with every year that this pseudo "war on terror" keep lying about it's real reasons .

    EVERYTHING has a reason.

    damn 23 years old,,,and now he will be throw in a freaking cage..what a moron, but unfortunately this will not be the last case.

    they are our terrorists, we are their terrorists....who will have the last word?...we all are fucked up one way or another.

    I just love this fucking world.."
    Nobody is messing with his land, he's from Morroco. He lives in Britain."
    Their holy land..

    I don't know you but the currents conflicts..happens to be in the 90% where live Muslim population..I'm not a Muslims but I see a pattern...

    "
    Your user name sums you up numbnuts

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  • Larson_01: "
    lasrever: "
    shed77: "
    gary123456: "he only got 16 years. what the hell, should be life in maximum security. fuc*en joke. sounds like he was a major player."
    thats a caveat of living in a society that is free, tolerant, liberal (not the political def. of lib).

    no matter how sure we are that this young person was gonna murder someone...he still never did, and our prison system is out to rehabilitate people rather than lock them up.

    if our society was a tyranny More..
    agreed

    a measure of the degree of civilization in a society is the manner in which it treats its prisoners (and the less fortunate, in general)"
    Yes, in fact Britain is so civilized that law-abiding people are afraid to go out after dark:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d04_1196120312"
    yeah but maybe the British are far less likely to get beaten by the police than the Russians

    I'll take Britain over Russia any day in terms of security

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  • Al Qaeda is everywhere. Be vigilant.

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  • Disnae look a happy camper , hope he likes steamed grub .

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  • Suprised it took that long. Were probably waiting to see if he could leave a trail to the big dogs. I love how all the e-jihadists posters here think their proxy servers and spoofed ip's are going to fool anything the NSA has. The hardest part about signal intelligence is sifting through all the chaff, not actually intercepting it.

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  • A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became Al Qaeda's top internet agent?

    HeNow! Microsoft IED

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  • ukilledkenny: "I wonder what his LL username is?"
    GOOD QUESTION. No doubt he was posting here.

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  • Looks like he got "Chicago tune up" from the police.

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  • whet: "Yep, he'll get porked in prison!"
    He's soft and fluffy!

    Surely will be a party girl in the big house.

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  • I don't buy it ! ...recruited by alqeda how they gonna proof that ...

    Posting propaganda against the west ??? wow.. look like Gringos found a new excuse to repopulate Guantanamo !

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  • who says islam is an old backwards outdated religion.....it's cyber jihad!

    looks like he got tuned up a little by the authorities

    we should take all conspiracies to murder over the internet very seriously.

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  • Yep, he'll get porked in prison!

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  • E23R0: "
    ukilledkenny: "I wonder what his LL username is?"
    GOOD QUESTION. No doubt he was posting here."
    ask neothinker...

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  • Fuck this cocksucker........I hope he gets raped with a splintered stick the next 16 years.....with no vaseline

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