Al Qaeda magazine to encourage ‘individual jihad’

Al Qaeda has posted a series of online articles, giving terrorists tips on how to kill westerners.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 17:56 PM IST

London: Al Qaeda has posted a series of
online articles, giving would-be terrorists tips on how to
kill Americans and westerners, including through a section on
how to mow down "enemies of Allah" with a pickup truck.

The 74-page online English-language magazine, titled
Inspire, which has a foreword by al Qaeda chief Osama bin
Laden, encourages "individual jihad" to kill Americans and
westerners.

Intelligence officials believe that an American citizen
named Samir Khan, now living in Yemen, is behind the magazine,
published by the Yemen-based wing of al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP), aimed at recruiting young westerners to the
"jihadi cause" and inspiring deadly attacks.

It emerged on the 10th anniversary of the suicide attack
on the guided missile destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. The
first edition of Inspire came out in July.

In a graphic feature called The Ultimate Mowing Machine,
it gives ideas for one-man operations by using a pickup truck
as a "mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the
enemies of Allah."

"To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much
speed as you can while still retaining good control of your
vehicle," it says and calls on people to attach blades to the
front of a pickup truck which can then be used to "mow down"
people.

"The ideal location is a place where there are a
maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of
vehicles," it says.

Another option is the use of personal firearms. "A
random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington DC at lunch
hour for example might end up knocking out a few government
supporters," The Telegraph quoted the magazine as saying.

"Targeting such employees is paramount and the location
would also give the operation additional media attention," it
says.

The article says that such a plan could be implemented
in countries where people back the "Israeli occupation of
Palestine, the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq or
countries that had a prominent role in the defamation of
Muhammad."

There are writings in the magazine by Yemeni-American
cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whom US authorities have linked to the
failed attempt to blow up a US-bound jetliner in December.
Samir Khan also wrote an article titled "I Am Proud to be a
Traitor to America."

PTI