AQAP's New Magazine Urges Attacks in U.S. and Britain

Is AQAP (al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) getting jealous of ISIS? Its new magazine, an offshoot of Inspire by Al-Malahem English Production, is called Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience. It urges lone wolf attacks in the U.S. and Britain and some other places. There are photos of the Tsarnaev brothers and the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad (background here).

It also provides a pictorial with instructions and a shopping list for ingredients for pressure cooker bombs and car bombs (which I'm not re-publishing, but you can read the magazine for yourself here, courtesy of Jihadology. See pages 14 to 18.)

Here is its pitch, and the list of suggested targets: [More...]

On the pressure cooker bomb page:

[E]very Muslim is required to defend his religion and nation. The Jews and Christians have dishonored the Muslims, desecrated our holy places, and cursed the beloved Prophet...Today they are holding contests for the 'best' blasphemy of Muĥammad...

The Western governments today are waging a relentless war against Islam. They brought together a coalition and have the support of their population in invading and destroying Muslim land.

It tells supporters who can't travel to its training camps to launch strikes in other countries and tells them not to be discouraged by the arrest and long jail sentences of other bombers:

...We tell the Muslims in America and Europe: There is a better choice and easier one to give support to your ummah. That is individual work inside the West such as the operations of Niđāl Ĥassan and Faisal Shahzād.

... My Muslim brother, who wants to support the religion of Allāh: do not make too many calculations and forecasting of the results and consequences. It is true that`Umar al-Fārūq and his brothers Niđāl Ĥassan and Shahzād were imprisoned, but they have become heroes and icons that are examples to be followed. We ask Allāh to grant them steadfastness. If they were sincere and steadfast, their imprisonment would be an
increased status for them. The ĥadīth says: "If Allāh loves a people, He put them through trials." The result of these trials would be the highest levels of Paradise, the pleasure of Allāh, heaven in the hearts in this world and eternal pleasure .

This part is just a head-scratcher:

With a few 'failed' operations - as they claim - the director of national intelligence was forced to resign. With a few more 'failed' operations we may have the resignation of the President of the United States.

On the car bombs:

Inspire Magazine's goal is to empower Muslim. And what is empowerment without being strong, powerful and intelligent? In this section, we give you strength, power and intelligence.

Believe me, using car bombs gives you all that. It is absolutely simple. And we will make it simpler for you, biidhnillāh, so that every Muslim, who loves Allāh and His Messenger, and wants to accelerate Islam's victory, becomes able to prepare it, even if this is the first military material his eyes has set on.

This recipe gives gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance. The reason is: primary materials are easily available and they do not raise suspicion. These materials are not explosives in nature. But after you have assembled and prepared them, they turn into a bomb ready for destruction, biidhnillāh.

This type of car bomb is not usually used to destroy buildings, however it is very effective in killing individuals. The merit of this method is that you can prepare a car bomb in a few hours during the availability of the primary materials. So there is less worry about your personal security.

My Muslim brother, before you start reading the instructions, remember that this type of operation if prepared well and an appropiate target is chosen and Allah decrees success for you, history will never forget it. It will be recorded as a crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam.

Examples of targets:

In America:

  • Times Square
  • Casinos and Night Clubs in Las Vegas
  • Oil tankers and trains
  • Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia
  • United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs
  • General Atomics HQ , San Diego, California, U.S.

In Britain:

  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - Camberley
  • Marks and Spencer stores - during Friday prayers (Muslims will be praying)
  • Thames House, London


  • Israeli, British and American companies
  • Tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Americans stay

The Denver Post reports the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has stepped up security in response to the AQAP threat. This is parents weekend.

The whole thing is a re-tread of the first issue of Inspire. (It says it is an updated version.) ISIS has no part of this as far as I know. It has been recruiting foreigners to come fight with them in Iraq and Syria, offering money, housing and the spiritual reward that comes with being killed.

I'm sure there will be many misinformed people who equate AQAP with ISIS and ramp up their calls for the U.S. to launch a war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. You can't fix stupid. One has nothing to do with the other.

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    Head scratcher (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:03:54 AM EST
    With a few 'failed' operations - as they claim - the director of national intelligence was forced to resign. With a few more 'failed' operations we may have the resignation of the President of the United States.

    From FOX?
    I guess I can see why they would watch.  They give them lots of validation for their hate.

    And their selection of American targets shows a bit of a dearth of imagination.

    dearth of imagination (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:45:29 AM EST
    dearth is being kind, they have zero. and, still, we can't figure out how to have any imagination ourselves to bury their lack of one. THAT is the truly and inexcusably pathetic reality here. the greatest nation on earth can't even out-imagine a psychopath who continually follows the same patterns of behavior. oh wait, we follow the same patterns too. egad, we're all screwed right now.

    The pathetic (none / 0) (#5)
    by lentinel on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 04:40:02 AM EST
    reality is that we seem to be their role model.

    Collateral damage.

    We have opened the door, and they are walking right through.


    Ryan Crocker?? (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:43:15 PM EST
    He has no credibility.

    I know you want to persuade people here to become more involved in fighting ISIS.  But when you cite to the Neocon stars from the Bush administation, it ruins any chance of that many listening to you.

    And, no, it is not just "blaming Bush" to look at a pundits trakc records, and very recent history, to judge the credibility of so called experts.

    And, yes, it is easy to throw up the mantra of "blaming Bush" to ignore past history.

    I'm actually not to persuade (none / 0) (#9)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:54:54 PM EST
    anyone about anything. Just presenting my views, and pointing some of the holes in the views of others. It looks like the tide may be shifting towards my views, with politicians like H. Clinton and D. Feinstein shifting in that direction. Also, Obama's Secretaries of State and Defense to some extent, as well as some current generals.

    Some like you are likely to be left behind squawking and whining.


    "Looks like" (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Yman on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 03:46:12 PM EST
    It looks like the tide may be shifting towards my views, with politicians like H. Clinton and D. Feinstein shifting in that direction.

    However you're interpreting the remarks of others in your search for support, the "same direction" (however you interpret that) does not mean that these people support your arguments or positions.  Moreover, cautioning against US military involvement is not "squawking and whining".  If it were, then you wouldn't be citing Ryan Crocker, the very man who co-authored the Perfect Storm memo which laid out the risks of invading Iraq and the power vacuum that resulted in precisely the situation we are now confronted with.  If only Bush and the neo-cons crying for war had listened to some of his "squawking and whining" ...


    No, I'm generally just reading and repeating (none / 0) (#11)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 04:07:21 PM EST
    the words of others. I'm not interpreting. Their words are clear. You just seem to be unable to accept the reality of what is occurring in the Middle East and what many people are now saying and thinking in the US.

    Ignorning the threat and realities of ISIS and other problems in the Middle East is not a good strategy. Ignoring the views of many experts is not a good strategy either. Although, those both appear to be your strategy.


    You're doing more than that (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Yman on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 04:17:20 PM EST
    You're claiming that their statements are "shifting toward yours" as part of a "tide", and implying that they support your positions.  Now, OTOH, if you don't mean to suggest that they support your positions/views, we can just clear that up right now.  Which is it?

    BTW - As for your repeated claims about others "ignoring reality" (as you define it) and what you claim their strategies "appear" to be (as they appear to you), well ..

    ... that's just plain funny.


    You said I was trying to persuade. (none / 0) (#16)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 08:15:45 PM EST
    I said I am not. Yes, statements of others that are exactly what I am saying support my views.

    Again, some like you seem to ignore reality. You even seem to doubt what people like Holder, Clinton, the Secretaries of Defense and State, some in Congress, current generals, former generals, some foreign leaders and even some of what Obama has said. I am largely relying on them for what is reality in many situations. Your ignoring those people is what is really funny.


    Speaking of "ignoring reality" ... (none / 0) (#19)
    by Yman on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:28:19 PM EST
    You said I was trying to persuade.  I said I am not. Yes, statements of others that are exactly what I am saying support my views.

    ... as defined by you ... no, I did not say you were trying to persuade anyone.  And you go far beyond those statements of others that you claim are supporting your views.


    Yman, yes my views are mine. (none / 0) (#24)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:20:09 PM EST
    I hope that's not surprising. And when others are saying the exact same thing about ISIS, those things support  my views. What is defined by me? I don't understand what you are trying to say.

    I know you didn't say I was trying to persuade. That was MKS, who said this: "I know you want to persuade people here to become more involved in fighting ISIS.


    It's not difficult (none / 0) (#25)
    by Yman on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:41:07 PM EST
    You are taking statements made by others and suggesting that those statements mean that they are supporting the same actions that you seek - a "war with ISIS, dealing with them "harshly" (whatever that means), more aggressive, direct US military action (whatever that mean), more macho bravado from the armchair ("Let's roll"), etc.

    BTW - I know what MKS said - but you claimed it was me.  Your facts, as usual, don't align with  reality.


    No, Yman, I didn't claim it was you. (none / 0) (#26)
    by Green26 on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:03:45 PM EST
    I was responding to MKS. I'm not sure how my settings are set, and the responses don't always end up where I think they will be. Note I didn't use your name.

    On the other part of your post, yes, if someone else says what I'm saying, or vice versa, those things support each other. I don't know how or why you would even dispute that. Govt/military official: "ISIS is dangerous." green26: "ISIS is dangerous." Govt/military official: "The US needs are more comprehensive and aggressive strategy to deal with ISIS." green26: "The US needs are more comprehensive and aggressive strategy to deal with ISIS." Those statements support each other, and are the same.


    The basic problem is that (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by MKS on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:09:38 PM EST
    you are really quite vague in your criticisms of current actions and what it is that you are proposing.

    A vareity of the vague complaint that Obama should just "do something more."


    It's not your "settings" (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Yman on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:20:57 PM EST
    When you click on "Reply to This" at the bottom of a post, it shows up as a reply to that post - not someone else's.  If you click on "parent" after you reply, you can see which post you replied to.  In this case, you responded (intentionally or otherwise) to my post.

    As far as your claims about "government officials" supporting your positions, you'll need to be more specific.  Many government officials agree with general propositions ("ISIS is dangerous", etc.).  If that's all you're claiming, there would be no disagreement.  The problem arises when you lump all of these people together and suggest that these "government officials" are supporting the kind of action you desire - direct US military action (always vague), a "war with ISIS", dealing with them "harshly" (whatever that means), "Let's roll" (heh), etc.


    Setting You May Want To Try (none / 0) (#27)
    by squeaky on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:09:36 PM EST
    Display: Nested
    I do not think that the other settings matter as much.

    "Squawking and whining"? (none / 0) (#13)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 05:33:23 PM EST
    Are you deliberately trying to be a jerk?

    You pull sh*t like this, and people respond, and Jeralyn protects you.  Nice racket.


    Actually, my statement was quite mild. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 08:19:11 PM EST
    You are one of the few that respond to things like that. I'm sorry if something as small as that offends or hurts your feelings. I will try to be more careful. It never occurred to me that someone like that would hurt someone's feelings.

    I have no trouble (none / 0) (#21)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:59:33 PM EST
    if you want to use sarcasm, as you just did in your last post, it is about not having differing standards....

    I prefer to let it all rip.   But if we are to mind our manners here, you should also comply.

    You know all this.....  


    That is a blatant (none / 0) (#14)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 05:35:17 PM EST

    You stated you were here to recruit people to your ideas.

    And you really have trouble explaining just what it is you are trying to advocate.....


    If you were directing that at me, (none / 0) (#18)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 08:26:26 PM EST
    I have never said that I was here to recruit people to my ideas. I don't know how long you've been on TalkLeft, but I've been here since the Duke lacrosse rape matter. Don't think it would be a good use of time to try to recruit people to my ideas on an internet message board. I'm actually here to learn things, and to observe and participate in some discussions. I like the fact that certain current events, some of which are in my interest areas, are called to our attention, and good information is spoon fed to us, with links. Also, the discussion in criminal matters, and the back and forth, is very interesting. There are some very good and helpful posters in the criminal area.

    Another person asking (none / 0) (#20)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:56:42 PM EST
    me how long I have been here.

    February 2008 or perhaps earlier.


    Your posting history (none / 0) (#22)
    by MKS on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:03:21 PM EST
    shows about a 2 year hiatus from 2012 to June of this year for you.

    Why you would challenge me given your inconsistent visits here is unclear to me.


    I didn't "challenge" you, MKS. (none / 0) (#23)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 10:12:21 PM EST
    Where are you getting that? I just asked a question. You acted like I was a newbie. I probably look at this site at least 15 times a week, whether I post or not. I doubt that I have gone a week without looking at the site since I started looking, which, again, was Duke lacrosse time, unless I was out of the country and without good access to internet. TL is the only non-sports site I visit.

    Yadda yadda yadda (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 01:16:45 PM EST

    Ooof. (none / 0) (#4)
    by lentinel on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 04:36:14 AM EST
    AQAP - ISIS.
    Both now interested in messing with us.
    Bombing will tend to do that I guess.
    But we can't resist butting heads with the new gang on the block.

    Hagel or Kerry, can't remember which, says that ISIS is a threat the likes of which we have not yet seen.

    Obama says he doesn't want us to worry.
    Who's worrying?
    What me worry?
    About a fiendish driven bunch of assassins with us in their crosshairs?

    I'll just avoid Times Square and Las Vegas for awhile.

    Should be interesting after the November elections - and the people running the show don't have to fear reprisals at the polls by citizens who are not particularly enamored of the prospect of, how did McCain put it... another hundred years of this unending mess.

    Threat level on bases and posts goes up (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 12:11:39 PM EST
    And down all the time, call me unintimidated.

    Former ambassador Ryan Crocker (none / 0) (#7)
    by Green26 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 01:21:12 PM EST
    Just head him say on a clip on Meet the Press that anyone who thinks ISIS is not a big threat to the US is "delusional". He went on to say something like this: that their goals to threaten the US/West are the same as the other similiar terrorist organizations. Couldn't find the quotes on the internet yet.

    Fear mongering (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 06:57:41 PM EST