Uncle Osama Wants You

Like any master salesman, Karim Bourti knows how to tailor his pitch to the audience at hand. The product he's selling is Islamist terrorism, and Bourti — a self-described Paris-based recruiter for international jihad — calls his technique takiya, a two-faced approach that conceals his true beliefs from the uninitiated. When he's talking to a militant "brother," Bourti, 35, a heavy-set French-Algerian man with shoulder-length hair, speaks boldly of his desire to die in the struggle. When his audience is a potential convert still wary of Bourti's violent message, he softens his words. But Bourti may be at his most effective...

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