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July 21, 2016 0

AQAP Releases Issue 2 of Inspire Guide After Nice Attack

Inspire Guide Nice Attack Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Cover image of the Inspire Guide

Al Mala­hem media, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s pro­pa­ganda wing, released a new pam­phlet exam­in­ing the details of the July 14 attack in Nice, France, and encour­ag­ing copy-cat attacks.

The pam­phlet is the sec­ond in a series called “Inspire Guides,” which state that they are designed to  “[pro­vide] guid­ance to the Lone Mujahid (fighter)” and to “follow-up, guide, put right and cor­rect Lone Jihad oper­a­tions in order to real­ize the best mil­i­tary and polit­i­cal results that serve the gen­eral pol­icy of the Mujahidin (fight­ers) in our war with America.”

The first Inspire Guide was released in the after­math of the June 12 shoot­ing in Orlando, and pro­vided tips for ampli­fy­ing Al Qaeda’s mes­sage and increas­ing casu­al­ties in copy­cat attacks.

The new guide was released on Telegram on July 12. It pro­claimed that Muham­mad , who con­ducted the attack, “exe­cuted the oper­a­tion in its total­ity and per­fec­tion,” and sug­gested only that extrem­ists seek­ing to repli­cate it refer to Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, for tips on increas­ing the lethal­ity of truck attacks.

The speed with which the Inspire Guide was released after the Orlando and Nice attacks stands in con­trast to the irreg­u­lar­ity of Inspire mag­a­zine, which has pro­duced a spo­radic 15 issues since it was first pub­lished online in 2010. Unlike the mag­a­zine, how­ever, both issues of Inspire Guide have con­sisted of only a few pages on one sub­ject, with­out any graph­ics or attempts at sophis­ti­cated design.

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July 21, 2016 0

Arizona Arrest Reminder of Link between Terror and Anti-Semitism

Mahin Khan arizona terror plot

Mahin Khan

Court pro­ceed­ings have indi­cated that Ari­zona res­i­dent Mahin Khan, arrested on July 1 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb a DMV on behalf of ISIS and the Pak­istani Tal­iban, had con­sid­ered direct­ing his attack against a local Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (JCC) before choos­ing the DMV as his final tar­get. His plan­ning, as well as anti-Semitic state­ments he made, serve as a crit­i­cal reminder of the nexus between anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

Khan had allegedly indi­cated his inter­est in attack­ing the JCC in an Octo­ber 2015 con­ver­sa­tion with an under­cover FBI employee that was relayed in court on July 20, 2016. The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Khan also quoted him as request­ing ammu­ni­tion to tar­get Jews, say­ing, “Need AK and pis­tols can u do that wanna take out marines and jews (sic).”

News reports sug­gest addi­tional evi­dence of Khan’s anti-Semitism as well. A for­mer class­mate of his report­edly claimed that, “At one point he went as far as to say ‘what Hitler did was good.’ And he told me that he did not like the Jew­ish people.”

  • Khan is the 22nd U.S. res­i­dents moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy to plot or con­sider an attack against Jew­ish or Israeli tar­gets since 2002.
  • He is the 5th U.S. res­i­dent arrested in Ari­zona related to activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy since 2002. Three addi­tional Ari­zona res­i­dents have also been linked, but were killed or arrested out­side the state.
  • Khan is the sec­ond U.S. res­i­dent to con­sider attack­ing a domes­tic Jew­ish tar­get in 2016. The other was James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a Florida res­i­dent arrested on April 29, 2016 accused of plot­ting to blow up a Florida syn­a­gogue dur­ing the Passover hol­i­day on behalf of ISIS.

ADL has writ­ten a report about the con­nec­tions between anti-Semitism and Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, which also includes a list of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ism since 2012 who expressed anti-Semitic moti­va­tion and a list of plots against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions worldwide.

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July 15, 2016 1

Terrorist Propaganda Encourages Attacks With Common Items

The use of a vehi­cle to kill civil­ians in yesterday’s appar­ent ter­ror attack in Nice, France, serves as a reminder of how ter­ror­ist groups and their sup­port­ers encour­age their adher­ents to carry out attacks with com­mon resources.

In addi­tion to run-over style attacks, ter­ror­ists have encour­aged the use of com­mon items such as house­hold prod­ucts to make bombs, as well as var­i­ous other tac­tics in their online mag­a­zines, speeches and other propaganda.

Image encouraging car attacks from AQAP Inspire Mujahid Pocketbook propaganda

Image encour­ag­ing car attacks from AQAP Inspire Mujahid Pock­et­book propaganda

The fol­low­ing list pro­vides a sam­pling of some of the tac­tics pro­moted by for­eign ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions in the last sev­eral years. Notably, a num­ber of the sug­ges­tions are repeated by dif­fer­ent groups, and the use of vehi­cles in attacks is a com­mon theme.

ISIS:

  • The 14th issue of Dabiq, ISIS’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, called on sup­port­ers to assas­si­nate promi­nent Mus­lim lead­ers in the U.S. and U.K. for not sup­port­ing ISIS, “with the resources available…(knives, guns, explo­sives, etc.).”
  • In a Jan­u­ary 2015 speech, al Adnani sim­i­larly called for attacks, “whether with an explo­sive device, a bul­let, a knife, a car, a rock or even a boot or a fist.”
  • An ISIS video released in Decem­ber 2014 stated, “There are weapons and cars avail­able and tar­gets ready to be hit. Even poi­son is avail­able, so poi­son the water and food of at least one of the ene­mies of Allah. Kill them and spit in their faces and run over them with your cars.”
  • In a Sep­tem­ber 2014 speech that was widely trans­lated and shared over social media, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al Adnani called for ISIS sup­port­ers to com­mit lone wolf attacks against civil­ians, and pro­vided a num­ber of sug­ges­tions for doing so, includ­ing by run­ning them over. He stated: “If you are not able to find an IED or a bul­let, then sin­gle out the dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can, French­man, or any of his allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaugh­ter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poi­son him…. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or busi­ness. Or destroy his crops.”

Al Qaeda:

  • Cover of the first issue of Inspire, AQAP's English-language magazine

    The first issue of Inspire pro­vided direc­tions to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.”

    Fol­low­ing the ter­ror attack in Orlando, a June 2016 pub­li­ca­tion released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP) pro­vided advice for mak­ing copy­cat attacks more lethal and max­i­miz­ing their pro­pa­ganda value.

  • In May 2016, the 15th issue of Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda magazine’s pro­vided sug­ges­tions for mak­ing bombs using read­ily avail­able items to con­duct the assas­si­na­tions, includ­ing pack­age bombs, small bombs under cars, and bombs that can be attached to a doorframe.
  • In March 2014, the 12th issue of Inspire mag­a­zine pro­vides instruc­tions for assem­bling car bombs out of “eas­ily avail­able” materials.
  • In 2013, Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, issued a com­pan­ion pub­li­ca­tion titled the “Mujahid Pock­et­book,” which aggre­gated var­i­ous attack sug­ges­tions pro­moted in Inspire and pro­vided some addi­tional sug­ges­tions as well. Plot ideas included torch­ing parked vehi­cles, caus­ing road acci­dents, start­ing for­est fires, using vehi­cles to run over civil­ians, and build­ing bombs.
  • In Octo­ber 2010, sec­ond issue of Inspire mag­a­zine sug­gested using a mod­i­fied vehi­cle to run over civil­ians and pro­vided instruc­tions on build­ing an explo­sive device.
  • The first issue of Inspire mag­a­zine, released in July 2010, pro­vided instruc­tions for build­ing a pres­sure cooker bomb, which can be made out of com­mon house­hold items.

Other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their sup­port­ers have been sim­i­larly active in pro­mot­ing var­i­ous spe­cific attack sug­ges­tions. This has been par­tic­u­larly clear among Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their sup­port­ers, who have pro­moted sug­ges­tions that par­al­lel those advo­cated by Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Ter­ror­ist sup­port­ers some­times pro­mote their own ideas for non­tra­di­tional attacks online as well. In a recent exam­ple, a dis­cus­sion on a pro-ISIS forum that ran between June and July 2016 included a num­ber of ter­ror attack sug­ges­tions from forum users, some of which had been sug­gested by offi­cial ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda as well. Among them were set­ting for­est fires and call­ing in false reports of bombs to dis­rupt the oper­a­tions of emer­gency services

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