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Here comes white jihad, worries shadow warrior

Ali Soufan talks about how the ever-evolving threat is unfolding

Talk about the threats posed to the world by the likes of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and instantly, the name that comes to mind of the person with the most sensible antidotes is Mr Ali Soufan, the legendary former special agent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mr Soufan, who turns 48 in July, was such a master of the spy trade - from decoy work to analysis - that he is credited with sending dozens of Al-Qaeda terrorists to prison. That helped make America, his homeland since arriving as a teenage emigre from civil war-wracked Lebanon, a safer place. Perhaps, the world even.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2019, with the headline 'Shadow warrior's worry over terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe