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Friday, May 7, 2010

Is Revolution Muslim Now Al Qaeda In North America? AQNA Says 'Nope'

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: This is what poking the bear produced from Al Qaeda in North America's Twitter account:

This is not Revolution Muslim. This is probably the last tweet from here as well. 27 minutes ago via web

So for now, I'll take that at face value... However I did have a question, also delivered to AQNA via Twitter:

@AQNorthAmerica If you're not planning to tweet, why not call your account "The Centreville Elks Club" or something equally innocuous?


I woke up this morning to find an interesting new entry among my latest Twitter followers.

Al Qaeda in North America is following three people, myself, Jarret Brachman and Evan Kohlmann. Where have we seen those three names grouped together before? Oh yes, now I remember. So if AQNA is not the very same thing as Revolution Muslim, its top Twitterer is clearly reading RM.

The Twitter account is also displaying the same version of the Al Qaeda flag which was used on the Anwar Awlaki audio-video presentation that Revolution Muslim insisted was not actively threatening the creators of South Park.

This doesn't seem like a particularly smart re-branding, but then...

I have a query in with my new follower. We'll see if we can get this confirmed or denied.

UPDATE: AQNA is following more CT outlets now, so it's more than just the three listed above, which were the only ones for several hours.

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