Al Qaeda magazine back, calls for firebombs in US

By AFP
Published: May 3, 2012

These handout images obtained May 2, 2012 courtesy of SiteInstitute show pages from the eighth issue of "Inspire" magazine, al Qaeda's English-language magazine which resurfaced Wednesday, May 2, 2012, calling for firebombing campaigns in the United States. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda’s English-language magazine has reappeared months after its founders were killed in a US missile strike, with calls for firebomb campaigns in the United States and chemical weapons attacks.

Defiantly boasting that it was “still publishing America’s worst nightmare,” al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen released the eighth and ninth issue of the “Inspire” magazine, which first appeared online in July 2010.

The issues eulogized as “martyrs” the two al Qaeda figures who helped launch the publication, and then were killed in a US drone strike in September: US-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan, a Pakistani-American.

“To the disappointment of our enemies, issue nine of Inspire magazine is out against all odds,” an unsigned editorial note said. “Inspire is and will be an effective tool regardless of who is in charge of it.”

In addition to specials on “Samir Khan: The Face of Joy” and “My Story with Al Awlaki,” the issue provides detailed instructions on how to ignite an “ember bomb” in the United States.

It suggested that the western state of Montana, with its rapid population growth in wooded areas, was a particularly auspicious place to set huge forest fires.

“In America, there are more houses built in the (countryside) than in the cities,” read the article signed by “The AQ Chef.”

“It is difficult to choose a better place other than in the valleys of Montana where the population increases rapidly.”

In the eighth issue, Awlaki speaks from the grave with an article entitled “Targeting the Populations of Countries that are at War with the Muslims” – explaining that weapons of mass destruction can and should be used.

“The use of poisons or chemical and biological weapons against population centers is allowed and is strongly recommended due to its great effect on the enemy,” the article read, listing the US, Britain and France as top targets.

The US-based IntelCenter, commenting on the release of the two issues, said Awlaki’s article served as a “clear reminder” that groups linked to al Qaeda see such attacks as permissible and greatly important.

“Even though al Awlaki is no longer alive, his unmatched ability to inspire attacks will continue through his writings and statements, especially with new releases such as this,” it said.

The issue also includes an eight-page special on how to remotely detonate a bomb, along with necessary parts and detailed step-by-step photographs, and advice on training with a handgun.

Yet for all the fanfare, both issues are riddled with spelling errors and clumsy English. An ad in the eighth issue asks for “persons who can help the Inspire team with research & translation.”

Reader Comments (9)

  • May 3, 2012 - 6:56PM

    Enough of lies

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  • indian
    May 3, 2012 - 7:07PM

    absolute charmers

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  • zoro
    May 3, 2012 - 7:16PM

    What a news to publish … shhabbash …

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  • Umer
    May 3, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Firebombs will destroy US? Al-Qaida obviously isn’t doing very well and holding onto straws. So much for Osama bin Laden fans.

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  • Cautious
    May 4, 2012 - 2:51AM

    The two thing Muslim terrorist have in common — 1) not too bright and 2) no moral compass.

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  • Cautious
    May 4, 2012 - 5:57AM

    Oh well – if nothing else it proves that the writers of Al Qaeda magazines have never been to Montana – also proves they don’t have common sense or moral compass.

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  • May 4, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Hey Montana Real Estate is booming! (not bombing!)

    Thanks for the investment tip.

    Watch out for the drones.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    May 4, 2012 - 8:08PM

    The editor of this new Al Qaeda Magazine “Inspire” has no idea of what the U.S. State of Montana is like. Geographically it’s slightly bigger than Germany with only 1/10 of its population. So how can he say that in the valleys of Montana, the population increases rapidly?

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  • May 4, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Those who continue to side with conspiracy theories and always presume the involvement of foreign agencies behind terrorist attacks can see that the real terrorists have no problem revealing their evil objectives to rest of the world. Therefore, we must think twice before pointing the finger in the dark, and hold the obvious culprits responsible for their actions. It is a fact that the U.S. and NATO forces successfully disbanded Al-Qaeda’s terrorist network from Afghanistan. But it is also obvious that they still direly crave to kill innocents and threaten the safety of nations across the world. Their counterparts in the form of TTP and the Haqqani network are doing exactly the same by targeting innocents to further their evil agenda in the Af/Pak region. We simply cannot allow these terrorist organizations to carry forward their evil motives. We must not allow their propagandas and lies to blindfold us and trap us into the world of conspiracy theories. We must fully support our governments in this WOT, and understand the importance of working side by side to eradicate the threat that is detrimental to the safety of our nations.

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