The latest issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine gives explicit instructions on how to bomb passenger planes, naming Delta, United, Continental, and American as targets in the online publication’s cover story, “Destination airport, and Guess What’s on the Menu?”
The New York Post states that the article, published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Christmas Eve, is a how-to guide that instructs readers on how to breach airport security and bomb passenger planes. The instructions state that the bombs can be built in the kitchen with “simple materials readily available around the globe, even inside America.”
The article not only promotes the bombing of commercial airlines, it also suggests that its readers kill “high-profile economic personalities” and “wealthy entrepreneurs,” including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
HS Today reports that the December issue of Inspire includes a letter from the publication’s editor-in-chief, Yahya Ibrahim, that focuses on attacking the United States.
“Hereby, Inspire magazine is committed to arm Muslim individuals — as well as Muslim groups as is in this issue — in their Jihâd on America. Previously we have presented Muslims with different weapons, including bombs and tactics… Now we are obliged to give our ummah something special. Something unique that can easily be prepared at home… Here, we give the Muslim ummah a bomb recipe that America fears it might reach the hands of other Mujahideen in other fronts.”
The article includes 37 pages of detailed instructions on how to build “The Hidden Bomb.” HS Today writes that the how-to instructions detail various ways to breach airport security with a hidden bomb, and gives “various field tactics” to help select targets and execute attacks.
The Anti-Defamation League states that the magazine has influenced both “international and domestic extremists” prompting readers to use their bomb-making instructions to carry out attacks. In April 2013, federal law enforcement officials confirmed that Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev got their pressure cooker bomb-making instructions from Inspire magazine.
Inspire, first published in June 2010, is an English-language online magazine that uses the internet to reach its audience. Previous articles published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula encouraged readers to attack restaurants in Washington, D.C. with open fire or to use a pickup truck to “mow down” pedestrians in the U.S.
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