Al-Qaida publishes first English-language online terrorism ‘how-to’ magazine

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“Remember, students. When attaching the bomb to a battery, red is positive, black is negative.”
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In its own twisted version of “Terrorism for Dummies,” al-Qaida’s chapter in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror organization’s most active branch, has inaugurated an online English-language magazine intended as a “how-to” publication for Osama bin Laden wannabes.

In addition to offering advice, it also lists possible targets, according to The Guardian, including public figures like author Salman Rushdie, most famous for writing “Satanic Verses” almost 25 years ago.

As soon as it was published, “Satanic Verses” was perceived as an irreverent depiction of the prophet Mohammad. Rushdie was briefly married to “Top Chef” co-host Padma Lakshmi, but I assume the price on his head is based on the book, not the failed marriage.

Al-Qaida’s operations in the Arabian Peninsula are deemed a threat not only to the Western world, but also to Persian Gulf oil producers and exporters.

The terror network is based in Yemen, where the U.S. destroyer USS Cole was bombed in 2000, resulting in the deaths of 17 American sailors. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula immediately claimed credit.

According to The Guardian:

In a section entitled “open source jihad”, the magazine gives tips on how to set fire to parked cars, including advice such as “don’t get petrol on yourself”, and suggests spilling oil on road bends to cause crashes.

An editorial in the magazine warned France to end its military intervention in Mali, citing the US experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, which it said made “them bite their fingertips in regret”.

The magazine also called on militants to attack 11 public figures in the west, including Rushdie, whose 1988 novel The Satanic Verses was seen by many Muslims as blasphemous.

Al-Qaida’s “Terrorism for Dummies” has pretty much everything a young terrorist needs. Ammunition, however, is not included.

Read more at The Guardian.


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