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Al Qaeda starts English-language magazine

Associated Press / July 1, 2010

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NEW YORK — Al Qaeda launched its first online propaganda magazine in English on Tuesday, a move that could help the terror group recruit inside the United States and Europe.

The magazine, called Inspire, is run by Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, which has been linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing on a US-bound airliner.

The launch suggests that, as Al Qaeda’s core has been weakened by CIA drone air strikes, the group hopes to broaden its reach inside the United States, where officials have seen a spate of homegrown terrorists.

“This new magazine is clearly intended for the aspiring jihadist in the US . . .who may be the next Fort Hood murderer or Times Square bomber,’’ said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer.

Tuesday’s launch did not go smoothly. The magazine was 67 pages long, but all but the first three pages were just garbled computer code, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites.

The table of contents included articles such as “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,’’ which promised to be “a detailed yet short, easy-to-read manual on how to make a bomb using ingredients found in a kitchen.’’

“We also call upon and encourage our readers to contribute by sending their articles, comments, or suggestions to us,’’ the magazine’s introduction read.

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