Mubin Shaikh was radicalized throughout his 20s after a chance encounter with the Taliban in 1995. He changed his views after the 9/11 attacks and went on to study Islamic principles, deradicalizing after spending 2 years in Syria (2002-2004).
Afterwards, Mubin worked with intelligence agencies as an undercover operative embedded in extremist and terrorist groups. He watched and tracked the rise of ISIS, on the ground and in real time. Due to his service, he is now an External SME to the Command Staff of U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM), United Nations Security Council, and various other professional and educational institutions.