Author Archives: Isabella Crane

Aimen Dean: A British Spy Out of Al-Qaeda

Last week, former Al Qaeda jihadi-turned-MI6 spy Aimen Dean spoke to David Toube about his book 9 Lives, exploring his formative experiences as a fighter in the Bosnian civil war. He discussed the process which resulted in him swearing allegiance to Al Qaeda. This week, the conversation explored his journey out of terrorism and how

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Invisible Bankers: Anonymous Digital Cash And The Financing Of Terrorism

In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush declared that the United States would destroy Al Qa’eda using ‘every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, and every financial influence’. The last of these has a critical role to play in determining the success of a terrorist group and continues to

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Aimen Dean: A British Spy in Al-Qaeda

For nearly 20 years during the height of the War on Terror, Aimen Dean was a jihadist turned MI6 agent at the heart of Al-Qaeda’s chemical weapons programme. David Toube, Quilliam International’s Head of Policy, got the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences on and off the battlefield. After eight years undercover, transitioning

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