It wasn’t that easy to find the new version of Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine, a glossy e-magazine written entirely in some pretty darn good US English. But I know my way around the Zionist Jewish anti-jihadi forums, and it was a short leap from there to the latest fly by night jihadi forums. It was all in Arabic, but I eventually found my way around enough to find the link to a post about the latest edition of Inspire Magazine, which came out I believe on October 6. In the post were a ton of fly by night and hazy links, one of which led me to the a pdf of the magazine.
This is the second issue of Inspire. The first issue suffered some sort of an attack on the server were it lay and most of it was deleted, possibly by a security agency or anti-jihadi hackers.
Inspire appears to be the project of Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is for all intents and purposes the head of the real active wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). He apparently stays in contact with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Bin Laden has a short article in the latest issue, and there is a short quote from Zawahiri gleaned by Awlaki during a visit he took to the Afghan-Pakistan border recently.
AQAP seems to be biggest these days in Yemen, where it almost seems out of control. They’ve been pretty much closed up in Saudi Arabia. Though most of the members have been released, Saudi intelligence agents watch their every move.
There is an article in this issue by a Saudi jihadi who was with bin Laden at Tora Bora in late 2001 and escaped with him over the mountains to Pakistan. His group was betrayed by some villagers and turned over to the Pakistani security forces, who then turned him over the US in Afghanistan. He spent some time in Kandahar and Bagram in US custody, but he was quickly remanded to Guantanamo Bay, where he stayed several years. He describes all of these places in detail. The Americans finally released him to the Saudis, who put him in prison for 3 months and then released him only to find himself under constant surveillance. He managed to sneak out in a wild rainstorm, and he made his way to Yemen, where he hooked up with AQAP.
There’s a good photo montage of an AQAP attack on Yemeni security forces in Abyan, South Yemen.
There is an article by an American jihadi about why he is a traitor to America. He describes how he left North Carolina for Yemen where he hooked up with AQAP.
There are pieces on what it’s like to go on jihad, why one should go on jihad, how to use PGP keys and safe-delete shredder programs on your computer, what the Afterlife is like compared to this life, interviews with various AQAP and Al Qaeda jihadis, a poem from a jihadi to his mother, etc.
There is an article by Adam Yadiye Gadahn (former Adam Perlman). Adam al-Amriki or Adam the American, an American citizen living on the Pakistan-Afghan border for some years now who is apparently now a high ranking Al Qaeda member. Gadahn threatens President Obama and makes a number of totally unreasonable demands for actions that Obama will need to undertake in order to get a ceasefire from Al Qaeda. Gadahn closes by noting that the US killed 1.5 million Muslims, mostly kids, with sanctions even before the 2003 invasion. Gadahn implies that absent a ceasefire, Al Qaeda intends to even the numbers a bit, and that they are just getting started.
These guys don’t play.
The whole affair is nicely designed and the English is in general quite good. The graphics are nice and professionally done. The magazine has a “cool” feel to it. There are nods to the US counterculture and the progressive Left social and environmental movement, pieces that look like Madison Avenue consumer capitalist advertisements for jihad, a Web 2.0 feel, use of hacker leetspeak. All this makes jihad seem cool like the 60’s counterculture, the Social Forum, Greenpeace, the latest cool sneakers or iPod player, wealthy computer nerd-programmer types in Silicon Valley and the hacker underground culture. It’s designed to appeal to hip young English speakers.
You can download it on my server here . I believe it’s legal to download this magazine, read it and keep it on your computer in the US. But some people who do that are not very nice people – they are Al Qaeda jihadis. So it’s possible that intelligence agencies may monitor some of those who do so. If you’re outside the US, I have no idea what the consequences are of accessing this stuff.
I don’t support these Al Qaeda reactionary religious fundamentalist shitheads at all. I’m just putting this link out there for people who are interested in Al Qaeda and seeing what they are up to. Hopefully, most of them feel the same way I do about them. If they don’t, oh well.