Al Qaeda’s First English Language Magazine Is Here

This is the headline of a story in Atlantic.online of June 30. But when you read the full text you will discover towards the end that maybe it is not here. Atlantic.online admits that it could be the production of a Western intelligence agency. It is, after all, no secret that the U.S. is engaged in direct net-based warfare with jihadis. This sort of operation would not be too difficult to pull off.

But let us assume that the copy Atlantic.online has on its website, if not in its hands, is genuine. In that case, AQAP (Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula) has actually produced its first English-language propaganda magazine. It’s called Inspire and includes a “message to the people of Yemen” directly transcribed from Ayman Al-Zawahari, Al Qaeda’s second in command, and a message from Osama Bin Laden on “how to save the earth.”

The cover includes a quotation from Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American born cleric who is believed to be directly connected to the attempt to destroy an airplane over Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas Day. The table of contents announces an interview with the leader of AQAP who promises to “answer various questions pertaining to the jihad in the Arabian Peninsula.”

But clearly, the main attraction of this first issue, whether or not it is genuine, is a feature instructing its readers “how to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom” [sic].

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