Navigation for Insight

Former jihadist, Aimen Dean gives a unique insight into the workings of Islamic State.

ShababFlag svg sharpenedWith the rise of al-Qaeda,  he became disillusioned with his comrades’ drift towards terrorism.

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He joined the group – but working undercover for the British government

Despite his defection,  he retains a deep network of contacts within Islamic State and shares that knowledge with the BBC World Service's Peter Marshall .