Update on the Al-Queda Publishing EmpireApr 22
Last month we mentioned Al-Queda's newest magazine: Al Shamikah--The
Majestic Woman. That review received such favorable comment that
we thought it only fair to bring our readers up to date on Inspire.
Published in Yemen, Inspire lures readers with general-interest stories
on the cover, but then features articles of interest to terrorists on the
inside, with articles such as "How to build the the ultimate 'killing car' " and
ways jihadists can take advantage of the current regional turmoil.
It's very "appealing to those who want It's very "appealing to those who want to digest complex ideology with a light touch," says Magnus Ranstorp, research director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College.
The most recent issue of Inspire focused on the Egyptian protests that began this past January. Rather than discuss the actual impetus behind the unrest which was articulated by the demonstrators as a desire to end the 30 year Mubarak dictatorship, editor Yehya Ibrahim linked the events to the demand for the liberation of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem from Israel. Although the mosque is run by Palestinians within Israel's borders, this issue remains one of the main rallying points of Al-Queda.
Another article advised readers on how to disassemble, clean and reassemble a Kalashnikov assault rifle, and past features included tips on the best way to transform a pickup truck into "the ultimate mowing machine," by adding steel blades to the grill to "mow down the enemies of God." Yet another issue advised radical Muslims wanting to join the jihad to carry out lone-wolf terrorist operations closer to home. "The mujahideen leadership is today asking the brothers in the West to attack Western interests in the West. This is because killing 10 soldiers in America is much more effective than killing 100 apostates in the Yemeni military."
Al-Mujahid al-Tiqani (The Technical Jihadist), a limited-run magazine, dealt with Global Positioning System devices, videomaking and hiding data on computers.
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