A predominantly Swahili-language online terrorist magazine, apparently written by Kenyan supporters of the Somali-based Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab, features English-language articles that describe Jews as “the worst enemy of Islam,” as well as a “Wanted Dead or Alive” poster of President Barak Obama.
The magazine, titled Gaidi Mtaani, roughly translated as “Terrorism Street,” is replete with the graphics and layout reminiscent of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-language terrorist magazine, Inspire. Two issues have been released since April 2012.
The English articles repeatedly describe Kenya’s military incursion into Somalia to combat Al Shabaab as “a clear manifestation of hatred of Muslims” and part of “America’s global war on Islam.” The magazine claims the objective of this American proxy war is to “Crush Islam or Islamic Renaissance.”
The magazine casts “the Zionist with their American partners” as the beneficiaries of the “crusade” in Somalia and criticizes the Kenyan president for traveling to Israel to secure Israeli cooperation for counterterrorism efforts. Although the English articles do not directly threaten Israeli or Jews, Israeli interests had previously been targeted by Al Qaeda in Kenya, including an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner and an attack on an Israeli-owned resort in 2002.
The authors warn that they will not “differentiate between civilians and combatants” and call on Kenya’s citizens to “reflect on the magnitude of what is yet to come,” citing the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya that killed over 200 people.
Al Shabaab and its supporters have been blamed for repeated grenade and gun attacks in Kenya since Kenya began military operations in Somalia last October.
The Muslim Youth Center, a Kenyan organization supportive of Al Shabaab, has promoted the magazine via its Twitter account and blog, which was taken down shortly after the magazine was advertised.