Al Qaeda launched its first online propaganda magazine in English last week, in a move that experts say could help it recruit aspiring jihadists inside the United States and Europe. Until now, the group has relied on Arabic language websites to carry its message.
The magazine is called "Inspire," and U.S. officials say it appears to be authentic.
According to The Atlantic magazine,
"'Inspire' includes a 'message to the people of Yemen' directly transcribed from Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's second in command, a message from Osama Bin Laden on 'how to save the earth,' and the cover includes a quotation from Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American born cleric who is believed to be directly connected to the attempt to destroy an airplane over Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas Day."
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." Kind of like Martha Stewart meets Osama Bin Laden -- but a lot more dangerous.
"We also call upon and encourage our readers to contribute by sending their articles, comments, or suggestions to us," the magazine's introduction read.
The launch of the magazine didn't go smoothly. The magazine was 67 pages long, but all but the first three pages were just garbled computer code. Efforts to post the magazine to jihadist websites failed initially, as many of the pages were contaminated with a virus.
We can only hope that the rest of this group's plans go so well.