The Life And Legacy Of American Al-Qaeda Online Jihad Pioneer Samir Khan – Editor Of Al-Qaeda Magazine ‘Inspire’ And A Driving Force Behind Al-Qaeda’s Push For ‘Lone-Wolf’ Terror Attacks In West

By: Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow*

September 28, 2012

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Samir Khan, 1985-2011: Born In Saudi Arabia, Raised In N.Y., “Martyred” In Yemen
  • Samir Khan Launches His Blog “The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge”
  • 2004: Khan Moves With Family To Charlotte, NC
  • 2007-2008: Failed Attempts To De-Radicalize Khan
  • 2007: Khan’s Only Interview With Western Media – The New York Times
  • 2009: Khan Launches Jihad Recollections Magazine
  • 2010: Federal Grand Jury Considers Evidence Against Khan
  • 2008-2009: Samir Khan’s “The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge” Blog
  • AQAP’s “Inspire” Magazine – 2010-2012
  • Samir Khan’s Legacy


On September 30, 2011, 25-year-old American citizen Samir Khan was killed in a drone strike in Yemen, alongside his mentor, American-born Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki. In the seven years following the beginning of his activity posting jihadi videos of Osama bin Laden, Al-Awlaki, and others on the Internet, Khan became a trailblazer in online jihad and ended as a “martyr” in the deserts of the Middle East – thus joining many other online jihadis who have moved from the pen to the sword.

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