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May 30, 2013 11

Latest Inspire Magazine Celebrates Boston Bombing

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Com­mem­o­ra­tive graphic of Boston Bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev in lat­est issue of Inspire

The eleventh issue of Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula’s Inspire mag­a­zine cel­e­brates the April 15 Boston Bomb­ing, praises the Tsar­naev broth­ers and encour­ages future attacks against the U.S.

The mag­a­zine, recently released online, high­lights how the Boston bombers, Tamer­lan and Dzkhokhar Tsar­naev, were aided by pre­vi­ous issues of Inspire. Accord­ing to fed­eral law enforce­ment offi­cials, the broth­ers got bomb-making instruc­tions from the mag­a­zine.

This issue fea­tures let­ters and sev­eral arti­cles rev­el­ing in the death and destruc­tion of Amer­i­cans. For exam­ple, the let­ter to the edi­tor reads: “Amer­i­cans, you should under­stand this sim­ple equa­tion: as you kill you will be killed… Yes­ter­day it was Bagh­dad, today it is Boston… You should be ask­ing, ‘Where is next?’”

“The peace you enjoyed before Sep­tem­ber 11 is merely just part of his­tory,” the let­ter con­tin­ues. “In other words, you will never enjoy peace until we live it prac­ti­cally in Pales­tine and all the infi­del forces leave the Penin­sula of Muham­mad and all other Mus­lim lands.”

Another let­ter, writ­ten by “Jonas the rebel,” encour­ages Amer­i­can Mus­lims to engage in lone wolf attacks. “…your belong­ing­ness to Islam is enough to clas­sify you as an enemy… The Boston Bomb­ings have uncov­ered the capa­bil­i­ties of the Mus­lim Youth, they have revealed the power of the Lone Jihad operation.”

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Inspire Mag­a­zine pub­lishes col­lec­tion of tweets “from the mujahideen in the Ara­bian Peninsula”

The mag­a­zine includes a col­lec­tion of tweets “from the mujahideen in the Ara­bian Penin­sula” fur­ther cel­e­brat­ing the Boston bomb­ing. It even includes a “News­flash” sec­tion laud­ing the tor­nado in Okla­homa ear­lier this month, claim­ing that “Mus­lims and oth­ers alike cel­e­brated and prayed for more to strike Amer­ica… This is not from nature, this is from the Lord of nature.”

In an arti­cle titled “Mes­sage to the Amer­i­can Nation,” Qas­sim Ar-Reimy writes about Amer­ica “med­dling” in the affairs of Mus­lims. The arti­cle promises that those “stand­ing against your aggres­sion and oppres­sion on human­ity” will “dam­age your econ­omy and ter­rify your hearts.”

Since it was first pub­lished in 2010, numer­ous inter­na­tional and domes­tic extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam have been influ­enced by the mag­a­zine and, in some cases, report­edly uti­lized the bomb mak­ing instruc­tions in their attempts to carry out attacks.

Samir Khan, a 24-year-old Amer­i­can known for dis­trib­ut­ing ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda mate­r­ial online, was the prin­ci­pal author of Inspire before he was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2011. This lat­est issue of the mag­a­zine is the fourth to be released since his death.

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May 16, 2012 0

AQAP Releases Advice for Western Recruits

A recently released English-language book­let that both describes life in Yemen as an Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP) fighter and encour­ages west­ern­ers to carry out attacks inside their home coun­tries is the lat­est in a series of AQAP pub­li­ca­tions demon­strat­ing its com­mit­ment to reach­ing west­ern audi­ences with its vio­lent message.

The pub­li­ca­tion, “Expec­ta­tions Full,” was pur­port­edly writ­ten by Samir Khan, the Amer­i­can ter­ror pro­pa­gan­dist who was killed in a Sep­tem­ber 2011 drone strike in Yemen. The book­let encour­ages “broth­ers in the West to wage jihad inside their coun­tries” because the effect is “much greater, it always embar­rasses the enemy, and these type [sic] of indi­vid­ual decision-making attacks are nearly impos­si­ble for them to contain.”

The phrase “indi­vid­ual decision-making attacks” is an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the “Lone Wolf” phe­nom­e­non, where indi­vid­u­als self-radicalize, often online, with­out any face-to-face inter­ac­tions with estab­lished ter­ror­ist groups.

Despite advo­cat­ing for indi­vid­u­als to carry out attacks in the West, the book­let is mostly devoted to giv­ing “fel­low Mus­lims a sense of the live [sic] of a mujahid,” includ­ing issues such as clean­li­ness, liv­ing on base, secrecy, injuries, train­ing and fam­ily life.

“Now that you know what to expect [abroad],” the book­let con­cludes, “you can com­pare that with doing jihad in the west, weigh the pros and cons, and make your decision.”

Over the last sev­eral years, English-language ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda has given con­flict­ing mes­sages about where it is most prefer­able to carry out attacks. AQAP’s English-language ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine, Inspire, believed to be pro­duced by Khan until his death, repeat­edly encour­aged its read­ers to carry out attacks wher­ever they reside. Al Qaeda spokesper­son Adam Gadahn sim­i­larly encour­aged Amer­i­cans to attack within the U.S. in a June 2011 mes­sage. At the same time, Omar Ham­mami, an Amer­i­can spokesper­son for Al Shabaab, has called on his lis­ten­ers to come “to the lands of jihad as soon as possible.”

Although AQAP claims that Khan is the author of “Expec­ta­tions Full,” the doc­u­ment itself bears no indi­ca­tions or hall­marks of his writ­ing. In fact, in one of the sec­tions the author dis­cusses liv­ing on bases with­out access to any elec­tron­ics, which would be ironic for some­one who is best known for cre­at­ing online pro­pa­ganda. AQAP may be try­ing to lever­age Khan’s rep­u­ta­tion as an Amer­i­can who made “it to the front lines of jihad” in an effort to reach out to West­ern audi­ences and spread its call to fight, prefer­ably while stay­ing at home.

The release of the pub­li­ca­tion closely fol­lows the release of two new issues of the ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine Inspire and a trib­ute to Osama bin Laden, also in Eng­lish, ear­lier this month. The rapid suc­ces­sion of English-language pro­pa­ganda comes after a lull of sev­eral months and is an indi­ca­tion of renewed attempts by AQAP to reach and recruit a West­ern audience.

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