(CNN) -- Key al-Qaida online forums have fallen silent in the past two weeks, leaving terrorism experts to wonder the cause and whether a key communications mode of the terror group and its affiliates has been purposely undermined.
The sites, where al-Qaida posts messages and jihadists and wannabe jihadists post messages and discussions regarding their ideology and loyalty, started disappearing on March 23, said Aaron Y. Zelin, a researcher in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. The outages were first reported by the Washington Post. No entity has claimed responsibility and U.S. officials contacted by CNN would not comment.
The online al-Qaida ecosystem starts with the different branches of al-Qaida -- like al-Qaida central in Pakistan, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula based in Yemen or al-Qaida in Iraq -- which produce messages through their own media production wings that are distributed by an entity known as al-Fajr Media, which then redistributes them to the various forums.
Five key Al-Qaeda sites, including Ansar al-Mujahidin Arabic Forum and Shamukh al-Islam, both stopped operating on March 23. Another, al-Fida', stopped working on March 25, and two others followed on March 28 and March 30.Two, al-Mujahidin Arabic Forum and Shamukh al-Islam, are back and operating.
The Ansar Al-Mujahideen Arabic forum is where Al-Qaeda goons have been hanging out while their direct line forums are offline thanks to the “shut down terror websites program". The Ansar Al-Mujahideen Arabic forum, which is where Al-Qaeda goons have been hanging out while their direct line forums are offline thanks to the “shut down terror websites” program.
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