The eleventh issue of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine celebrates the April 15 Boston Bombing, praises the Tsarnaev brothers and encourages future attacks against the U.S.
The magazine, recently released online, highlights how the Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev, were aided by previous issues of Inspire. According to federal law enforcement officials, the brothers got bomb-making instructions from the magazine.
This issue features letters and several articles reveling in the death and destruction of Americans. For example, the letter to the editor reads: “Americans, you should understand this simple equation: as you kill you will be killed… Yesterday it was Baghdad, today it is Boston… You should be asking, ‘Where is next?’”
“The peace you enjoyed before September 11 is merely just part of history,” the letter continues. "In other words, you will never enjoy peace until we live it practically in Palestine and all the infidel forces leave the Peninsula of Muhammad and all other Muslim lands.”
Another letter, written by “Jonas the rebel,” encourages American Muslims to engage in lone wolf attacks. “...your belongingness to Islam is enough to classify you as an enemy... The Boston Bombings have uncovered the capabilities of the Muslim Youth, they have revealed the power of the Lone Jihad operation.”
The magazine includes a collection of tweets “from the mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula” further celebrating the Boston bombing. It even includes a “Newsflash” section lauding the tornado in Oklahoma earlier this month, claiming that “Muslims and others alike celebrated and prayed for more to strike America… This is not from nature, this is from the Lord of nature.”
In an article titled “Message to the American Nation,” Qassim Ar-Reimy writes about America “meddling” in the affairs of Muslims. The article promises that those “standing against your aggression and oppression on humanity” will “damage your economy and terrify your hearts.”
Since it was first published in 2010, numerous 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.
Samir Khan, a 24-year-old American known for distributing terrorist propaganda material online, was the principal author of Inspire before he was killed by a U.S. drone strike on September 30, 2011. This latest issue of the magazine is the fourth to be released since his death.