AL-QAEDA’S NEW ONLINE ENGLISH MAGAZINE – “INSPIRE”
The magazine, called Inspire, is being run by Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – AQAP, which means he was, most likely, edited by Anwar al-Awlaki. The launch suggests that the group hopes to broaden its reach inside the USA, where officials have seen a spate of homegrown terrorists.
Tuesday’s launch did not go smoothly. The magazine was 67 pages long and all but the first three pages were just garbled computer code, according to Site Intelligence Group.
The table of contents included articles such as make a bomb in the kitchen of your mum. The magazine’s introduction invited readers “to contribute by sending their articles, comments or suggestions to us”.
At the heart of Al Qaeda’s propaganda effort is Anwar al-Awlaki. The authorities say his online sermons, in English, have inspired several recent terrorist plots in the USA.
Meanwhile, a top US counter-terrorism official said a day earlier, on Wednesday 06/30/2010, that American intelligence estimates there are “more than 300” Al Qaeda leaders and fighters hiding in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Taken together with the recent Central Intelligence Agency -CIA estimates that there are about 50 to 100 Al Qaeda operatives now in Afghanistan, American intelligence agencies believe that there are most likely fewer than 500 members of the group in a region where the USA has poured nearly 100,000 troops.
* On 09/27/2011 Inspire issued his 7th edition “celebrating” the tenth anniversary of The 9/11.
A letter from editor-in-chief Yahya Ibrahim stating that this issue is a “special supplement to the great events of the Expeditions of Washington DC and New York, as Shaykh Osama would call it, or simply 9/11. As America mourns and we celebrate this glorious event, we look into what 9/11 means ten years on.” He praises Osama bin Laden, noting that “9/11 has left a permanent scar on the American psyche and will live long after in the hearts of every American. The pain, suffering and agony that Shakyh Osama brought to America is fair payback.” He also warns that 9/11 was “merely an episode in a long, protracted war that started at the time of the Messenger of Allah” tha statement said.
An op-ed by “Abu Suhail” – which, according to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and as noted in a previous MEMRI report on Issue 5 of Inspire, is an alias once used by American Al Qaeda operative Adam Yahiye Gadahn– claims that Iran has promoted conspiracy theories about who is really behind 9/11 because it is envious of Al Qaeda’s prowess and accomplishments: “Iran and the Shi’a in general do not want to give Al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan.”
* On 03/01/2013, AQAP distributed through the web its 10th edition of “INSPIRE” in which they called upon Jihadi militants in the Westen Democracies to take aim on senior former politicians like Bush, Clinton, Sarkozy and Tony Blair and Explained Why It’s Easy to Assassinate them now.
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