AQAP Urges US Sympathizers to Attack Malls, Nightclubs [UPDATE/BUMPED]

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's new English language magazine urges Muslims in the West sympathetic to their cause to stay at home and attack soft targets such as shopping malls and nightclubs. The magazine also urges those thinking of committing acts of terrorism to do it alone and not try to hook up with others who share their sympathies.

Isn't it a bit hypocritical for Samir Khan, the North Carolina man who publishes AQAP's online magazine, to urge would-be terrorists in the West to forget about coming to Yemen or Pakistan?

After all, Samir had five years of openly supporting al Qaeda from his mom's basement. Instead of picking up a gun and killing a few of his neighbors, the little prick got on an airplane and headed to Yemen. Even in Yemen he's not picking up a rifle, only a computer keyboard.

So one wonders why he bothered leaving his mommy's basement if he wasn't going to actual fight? Wouldn't it be much easier for him to publish al Qaeda's English language magazine from home? You know, he could write Death to America and then shout upstairs for his mom to make me a cheese sammich!

But Samir, like all al Qaeda leaders with inflated egos, thinks he's too important to do the actual dying himself.

From Inspire #5's Q&A with readers:

Question:
As-Sal‚m ĎAlaykum. I live in the West and greatly desire hijrah to the lands of jihad such as Afghanistan or Yemen. I have the money ready and have an idea of where to go...

RESPONSE: ..... What we recommend is that you focus on planning out attacks in the West .... Similarly, the mujahidin leadership are today asking the brothers in the West specifically to attack Western interests in the West instead of coming here to Yemen for example. ...

The foreign brothers that join the mujahidin, many amongst them, conclude
that it would have been better for them to return to the West and launch operations. This is because killing 10 soldiers in America for example, is much more effective than killing 100 apostates in the Yemeni military.

With that said, based on your ability, you choose the target. Your pool of targets are large, so make sure to think of all of the available options. An example of something local, easy and effective is attacking an army recruiting center, nightclub, highway or busy shopping mall.

The article then goes on to say that nearly all of the [ed note by Democrats on House Homeland Security Committee: nonexistent] homegrown terrorists caught last year were part of groups planning attacks. The inference the author draws is that would-be jihadis should not try and contact others before attacking. He notes successful jihadis such as Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood killers, and Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, the Stockholm suicide bomber, were lone wolfs.

We'll probably either update this post or put up newer posts about the new issue of Inspire. It's fairly long and I haven't digested the whole thing yet. Samir admits to writing one of the articles and Anwar al-Awlaki another. Hopefully I'll have something to say about those. And Howie thinks the guy in the red in the above image is Samir. I'm not so sure.

Oh, and if you want to email Samir or Awlaki and maybe subscribe them to the online pork of the month club, Howie posted contact information here.

UPDATE: I'm just back in the office looking over the issue and I got to say this about Samir's article "The Egyptian" .... lame. Come on Sammy, is that all you've got?

Normally Sammy's writing style is revolutionary. That is, he sees himself as an agitator for violent and revolutionary behavior. But this? This casts Sammy as an Islamic scholar wooing the uninformed Egyptians to side with the cause of Islamism. The problem is that he's not a scholar and he comes off sounding like a whiny kid instead.

What kind of whiny kid? The kind that thinks he's ghetto.

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Two thumbs down Abu Risaas. Two thumbs down.

For the best overall analysis see J.M. Berger's synopsis. The real emphasis of this edition being ongoing revolutions in the Arab world and how al Qaeda welcomes them and will use them to forward their long term goals.

Also see Brachman's take here and Aaron's here.

If you want to download a copy see Jihadology.

Posted by: Rusty at 03:23 PM

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