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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula releases 12th issue of Inspire magazine -- By Thomas Joscelyn, The Long War Journal

Inspire-AQAP-Spring-2014-edition.jpgAl Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 12th issue of Inspire magazine. The Long War Journal has obtained a copy of the magazine, which is published as a pdf file online.

The cover story of the magazine, "Shattered: A Story About Change," argues that the 9/11 attacks were a "turning point" in American history. The author, Abu Abdullah Almoravid, conflates a series of unrelated issues into a single narrative that portrays the US as a crumbling empire.

In uneven English, Almoravid references everything from America's economic woes to the elementary school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Clumsy propaganda pieces such as "Shattered" are a regular feature in al Qaeda's propaganda.

On a more serious note, the magazine devotes a lengthy section to what AQAP calls "Open Source Jihad." As in past editions of Inspire, AQAP seeks to motivate and educate aspiring lone wolf jihadists who do not have the ability to receive more formal training.

In this edition, AQAP shows jihadists how to plan a car bomb attack on their own.

In the letter from the editor, Yahya Ibrahim refers to past operations, such as Faisal Shahzad's attempted May 2010 car bombing in Times Square and the attacks on the Boston Marathon in April 2013. Shahzad was trained and dispatched by the Pakistani Taliban, but AQAP wants jihadists to emulate Shahzad's actions on their own.

Ibrahim taunts American counterterrorism officials, saying the US government was unable to stop the Boston Marathon bombings, which utilized backpacks filled with pressure cooker bombs. Ibrahim adds, "I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!"

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