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English Language Al-Qaida Magazine Provides Bomb-Making Recipes

Posted on 31 December 2010 by arabia2day

An English-language magazine published on the Internet by al-Qaida allegedly provided encouragement and bomb-making instructions that helped inspire nine men arrested on terrorism charges in the United Kingdom last week.

Its first issue, in July, featured the article “Making a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” the Washington Post reports.

Unlike the Arabic-language religious screeds featured by other jihadist websites, the magazine, calledInspire, is worrisome because it is designed to appeal to a broad global audience likely to understand English, according to terrorism specialist Mathieu Guidere of the University of Geneva.

That the Bangladeshi suspects in the British case were allegedly looking at it is “proof that the magazine works,” he says, in its aim of appealing to “exactly that kind of a public.”

Experts suggest that the magazine may be edited by a Saudi-born U.S. citizen who is likely being directed by an American-born cleric in Yemen, the Post says. And the cleric may have been in contact with Nidal Malik Hasan, a disaffected U.S. Army officer charged with murder concerning the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

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