Washington, London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] organization has launched a new English-language magazine called “Inspire” that bears the organization’s signature.
The headlines in this magazine offer lessons to potential terrorists, including instructions about “how to make bombs in the kitchen of your mum”, an article about the “Mujahdin 101”, and a lesson about sending and receiving encrypted messages.
Circulation of this magazine, AQAP’s first English-language one which is believed to be issued by this terrorist organization in Yemen, started in the “PDF” format on the internet last Wednesday. Its target is to recruit angry Muslims in the United States, Canada, Britain, and other English-speaking countries.
Bruce Riedel, the researcher at the “Brookings Institute” who works for the US Central Intelligence Agency in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East and south Asia, said “they are targeting a very small society and hoping to acquire the next suicide bomber like the one who tried to bomb Times Square or the major who carried out the killings at the military Fort Hood Base so as to carry out wide-ranging acts of violence.”
The magazine is in the “PDF” format and was distributed extensively during the past 48 hours but contained only three pages. A virus might have possibly destroyed the remaining 64 pages. Riedel said this could be an action by internet hackers who are probably working for the United States.
The magazine is similar to press publications in Western countries. Large headlines are used to focus the spotlight on exclusive interviews and encourage readers to write comments.
One of the letters from the editor said: “We are determined to present an accurate review of Islam. Jihad was ignored in our age and therefore reviving it in understanding and action is something of extreme importance for us.”
But this new magazine has apparently aroused the suspicions of extremist groups. A website of the Youth Movement in Somalia, which follows Al-Qaeda’s line, warned of this magazine and urged its supporters to remove it from their websites if they found it. The new magazine seems to be saying it is the first internet magazine in the English language similar to Sada al-Malahim magazine which is issued by AQAP in Yemen. It is believed that the American preacher of Yemeni origins who is hunted by the United States is behind it and the magazine referred to an article of his online but it did not appear.