Inspire is the first written publication directly from Al-Qaida advocating Islamist terrorism for English-speaking consumers.

Investigative Projecton on Terrorism

Packed with detailed technical instructions, captivating aesthetics and extremist rhetoric, a new English-language magazine issued by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) constitutes a recruiting tool with lethal potential.

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It offers, in explicit detail, a blueprint for planning and executing terrorist attacks while avoiding the watchful eye of the government. From ideology to execution, Inspire presents a total package for a would-be bomber.

This is the latest strategic move by AQAP, which has risen to prominence since embracing American-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki’s speeches have played a major role in worldwide terror plots among non-Arabic speaking terrorists. These have included more than a dozen plots in Canada and America, England and Europe and even as far afield as Singapore. Inspire is the first written publication directly from Al-Qaida advocating Islamist terrorism for English-speaking consumers, with a glossy and easily readable text.

Inspire makes no effort at subtlety, as shown in the opening of a how-to piece on building a homemade bomb. The article, entitled, ‘Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,’ poses this scenario:

Can I make an effective bomb that causes damage to the enemy from ingredients available in any kitchen in the world? The answer is yes.”

The piece augments its precise written instructions with color pictures and a clear, sequential format. The article describes making a bomb whose “ingredients are readily available” and promises that “buying these ingredients does not raise suspicion.”

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