6,427. 7/15/2005

“By this summer [2005], Internet trackers such as the SITE [Search for International Terrorist Entities] Institute have recorded an average of nine online statements from the Iraq branch of al Qaeda every day, 180 statements in the first three weeks of July [2005]. [Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-] Zarqawi has gone ‘from zero to 60’ in his use of the Internet, said Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA unit that tracked bin Laden. ‘The difference between Zarqawi’s media performance initially and today is extraordinary.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Susan B. Glasser and Steve Coll, “The Web as Weapon,” The Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2005

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