Al Qaeda advises jihadis how to protect reputation

Lone terrorists have been asked to stop targeting churches, mosques and synagogues in a bid to protect their ``reputation,`` according to al Qaeda-affiliated magazine `Inspire`.

Last Updated: May 13, 2012, 13:17 PM IST

Sydney: Lone terrorists have been asked to stop targeting churches, mosques and synagogues in a bid to protect their ``reputation,`` according to the latest edition of the al Qaeda-affiliated magazine ``Inspire``.

The winter 2012 edition of the magazine revealed that global jihad is facing criticism from Muslims over their attacks.

The magazine, however, revealed that terrorists could attack Jews congregates, The Age reports.

According to the magazine, terrorists were also urged to target politicians, media personalities, stock exchanges, airports, harbours and military bases.

The new solo terrorist guidelines are mentioned in an article in the same edition of the magazine titled ``The Jihadi Experiences``.

It also warns terrorist from targeting women and children, and to avoid harming civilians of neutral countries.

``This must be done in order to maintain the reputation of the Resistance in the different spheres of public opinion,`` the article said.

The Sunday Age had last week reported that the magazine had named Australia as a target for terrorism by firebombing.

Terrorism experts believe that the change is due to a moderate Muslim backlash against violence.

A professor at Macquarie University`s Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Clive Williams, said the article represented the sentiments of letters by Osama bin Laden that were released this month.

ANI