Al Qaeda`s magazine calls Gaddafi `lunatic`

The terror outfit al Qaeda`s English-language magazine `Inspire` has described Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi as a "lunatic" and "false leader".

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 00:32 AM IST

New York: The terror outfit al Qaeda`s English-language magazine `Inspire` has described Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi as a "lunatic" and "false leader".

The spring issue of the magazine, extracts of which are available online, has a cover story called "The Tsunami of Change" written by firebrand Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

"The unfolding revolution has brought with it a wave of change," says the cover.

Muammar Gaddafi will certainly go down in history as the most "lunatic of the tawaghit (false leaders)" due to his repeated contradictions, beating around the bush, hilarious conspiracy theories and pure stupidity.

The thick magazine also features, al Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who explains the "short and long term plans after protests".

"We don`t know what`s funnier," the article said.

"His contradiction quoting himself from his green book or how he opened the BBC interview with an arrogant laughed and then asked `What is the question?` We have thus dedicated a place to laugh at this enemy of Allah," it said.

Inspire is believed to be a magazine aimed at recruiting isolated English-speaking Muslims in the West.

Several observers have noted that al Qaeda has lost its relevance as the Middle East erupts in pro-democracy uprising. Others have warned that al Qaeda could find spaces to operate in the power-vacuums that these revolts create.

The uprising in Libya against Gaddafi, who has been in power for more than 40 years, has, so far, been the most protracted and violent.

The past weeks have seen clashes between rebels and Gaddafi`s forces as well as international military intervention on the side of rebels and to protect civilians.

Al Qaeda has not been aired its opinion in the ongoing changes in the Middle East but this article provided a peek into its thinking.

"The apostate enemy of Allah who pretends to be like a rock-star have proven to the world the reality of his tyranny, lies and deception," a note in the magazine said.

"Brothers in Libya have been fighting against this taghut (false leader) for all the right reasons. All the tyrants in Muslim lands already do what Gaddafi does but just aren`t as ridiculous," it said.

"We ask our brothers and sisters in Libya to continue standing up against the regime and show patience in the face of tyranny until he falls."

The magazine also said after the fall of Egypt`s Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia`s Ben Ali, the false leadership of the Arab world had stared to return to Muslims, the wealth they been hoarding.

In Jordan, the magazine suggested, al Qaeda supported the Salafi Jihadis who called for the establishment of Shariah law.

It said story of Raymond A Davis, the suspected CIA officer, who killed two Pakistanis, is "a story that exposed famous US media outlets as propaganda pawns rather than honest journalists".

In the wake of criticism in February that American publications withheld the connection of Davis with the CIA, the New York Times said that it needed to balance providing information with responsible journalism so as not to endanger

The magazine also congratulated a "21-year-old courageous Kosovan mujahid" for killing two American servicemen on a bus in Germany.