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Inspire Magazine: A Staple Of Domestic Terror

A week after the Boston Marathon Bombings, authorities reportedly confirmed that the alleged bombers, Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used instructions from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine. Numer­ous other international and domestic extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal interpre­ta­tions of Islam have been influ­enced by the mag­a­zine and, in some cases, report­edly uti­lized the bomb mak­ing instruc­tions in their attempts to carry out attacks.

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The Men Behind Inspire

Samir Khan

Samir Khan, an American known for distributing terrorist propaganda material online, was killed by a U.S. drone strike on September 30, 2011, two years after he moved to Yemen to align himself with Al Qaeda.  Federal authorities have claimed that Khan was the principal author of Inspire, Al Qaeda's first-ever English-language magazine that provides detailed bomb-making instructions and calls on followers to "destroy" America. The graphics, design and overall packaging of Inspire resemble those on Khan's various blogs and in Jihad Recollections, the self-described "first English Jihad magazine" in which Khan was a contributor.

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Anwar al-Awlaki

Prior to his death in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen on September 30, 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric living in Yemen, encouraged attacks against America and the West by propagating radical online lectures to English-speaking audiences.  Al-Awlaki, described by government officials as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) "leader of external operations," has also contributed to most of the editions of Inspire, Al Qaeda's first-ever English-language magazine disseminated via the Internet.

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