London Bridge is , , , stained in blood. Tom Joscelyn

Dec 03, 05:07 AM
Image: Detail of Old London Bridge on the 1632 oil painting "View of London Bridge" by Claude de Jongh

Tom Joscelyn, Long War Journal and FDD; discusses how jihadists not deprogrammed pop up again with mass murder. Usman Khan, now dead on the London Bridge.
 Analysis: Islamic State claims attack in London by al Qaeda-inspired terrorist   On Nov. 29, Usman Khan slashed and stabbed at pedestrians on London Bridge, killing two people. The Islamic State has claimed credit for the murders, describing Khan as its “fighter” and attributing his actions to the group’s calls for violence in countries belonging to the anti-caliphate coalition. Pro-Islamic State social media channels have also promoted Khan with imagery portraying him as a soldier of the terror group. 

However, Khan was first drawn to jihadism years before the rise of the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate. He was well known to counterterrorism officials because of his pro-al-Qaeda leanings and attraction to the teachings of Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ideologue who both inspired and directly oversaw a string of plots in the West. Indeed, Khan is the latest terrorist to be influenced by al-Qaeda, only to have the Islamic State claim him as its own.  . . .