Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Inspire" Magazine: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (Purported) First English-language Jihadi-takfiri Internet Magazine

UPDATE (September 27, 2011): New 7th issue of INSPIRE has just been released.

UPDATE (July 19, 2011):
Images and non-militant download links for the just-released sixth issue of Inspire HERE.

UPDATE (March 29, 2011): Analysis & non-militant URL download links for the just-released fifth issue of Inspire

UPDATE (January 16, 2011): Find non-militant URL download links to the just-released fourth issue of Inspire HERE.

UPDATE (November 20):
Find non-militant URL download links & image grabs of key pages from the just-released third issue of Inspire HERE. The new "special issue" focuses on AQAP's UPS printer bomb plot.

UPDATE (October 11): AQAP's Al-Malahem Media Foundation has released the second issue of Inspire featuring a first-person account by U.S. citizen Samir Khan on his decision to join it and a new article by Anwar al-'Awlaqi.

UPDATE (July 12):
Read Prof. Jarret Brachman's brief analysis and break-down of the magazine at HIS BLOG.

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) media outlet, the Al-Malahim (Malahem; Epics) Media Foundation, has seemingly released its first English-language jihadi-takfiri Internet magazine, Inspire. There is some debate among analysts and scholars who specialize in AQAP and transnational jihadi-takfiri movements as to whether Inspire is an "official" AQAP production, though it appears to be. It was distributed by the Al-Fajr (Dawn) Media Center, a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri distribution network and media center that distributes all media material from AQAP, Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), and Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

An earlier file of the magazine was reportedly infected with a virus and only few pages were readable; the rest contained character errors. For the best analysis of the media frenzy of a highly uninformed nature that greeted this initial "release" of the magazine, see Dr. Thomas Hegghammer's post at Jihadica. He is an expert in AQAP and the varieties of Islamist activism in Saudi Arabia, whose book Jihad in Saudi Arabia:Violence and Pan-Islamism Since 1979 is highly recommended.

Inspire, upon first glance, is remarkably similar to an earlier jihadi-takfiri Internet magazine, 2009's Jihad Recollections, which seems to have since stopped production after several issues. It was allegedly masterminded by an American, Samir Khan, and included contributions by members of the very small but disproportionately-covered Revolution Muslim outfit. Inspire includes an article by the radical American-Muslim jihadi-takfiri preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi) and an interview with AQAP's amir (top leader), Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi (al-Wahayshi).

AQAP has produced an Arabic-language Internet magazine, Sada al-Malahim (Echo of Epics/Epic Battles), for some time.

UPDATE #2: A copy of Inspire was embedded via my former Scribd account, which has been closed due to a "copyright claim" on, amusingly, the AQAP magazine. PDF files of the magazine have been uploaded by jihadi-takfiris to:


Anonymous said...

Notice page 25, the handgun listed is a 50 AEA Desert Eagle from Magnum research......Made by Isreal imported and designed by MRI a US based firm. Funny yes.

marvin said...

you are some dumb asses and not muslims if i catch one of you cock suckers over here i will fuck you up. you need to brush up on you knowledge before you start tripping on some dumb stuff like you are writing. personally I think you assholes are jews acting as if you speak for islam when you know damn well this is a crock of shit.there are onlt 3 reasons when a muslims blood are legally shed. why are you ass holes killing muslims as well as non muslims. Allah is all mighty if he wanted to kill anyone or send a message he has all kinds of means of accomplishing that. He doesnt need your insane ass to distribute retribution

Anonymous said...

Live by example of love and understanding, not hate, and you shall walk the lighted path.

Anonymous said...

5 Reasons to Doubt Al-Qaeda Magazine's Authenticity...

Late Wednesday evening, The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reported that the first-ever English-language propaganda magazine purportedly written by al-Qaeda officials had surfaced on websites in the vibrant online jihadi community. The publication, "Inspire," carries the emblem of al-Qaeda's Yemen-based spin-off, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The magazine, which was uploaded in PDF format, carries the bylines of such super-star jihadists as al-Qaeda founders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri as well as U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen. Ambinder's report cited a U.S. official confirming that the PDF has appear on jihadi web forums, which independent analysts have confirmed to CNN. Still, wrote Ambinder, "It is possible, although not likely, that the magazine is a fabrication." Indeed, here are some reasons to question the authenticity of this document:

(1) Bin Laden and Zawahiri are extremely secretive and issue statements rarely and directly to the media. It would be unusual for them to write for a third-party publication, especially one put out by the Yemen-based AQAP, with which they have little or no direct ties. However, it is possible that the magazine's producers simply copied old statements they had made.

(2) The language of the magazine, such as "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom," reflects either a poor command of English or a light-hearted sense of self-parody. AQAP is not known for either. Awlaki, whose location in Yemen makes his participation very plausible, is a native, fluent, and very articulate English speaker. His fiery English-language sermons are not funny.

(3) The magazine includes an essay by Abu Mu'sab al-Suri. But Suri, whose connection to al-Qaeda is uncertain, has been locked up in Guantanamo--and possibly a CIA black site--since 2005. However, as with bin Laden, it is possible the magazine simply copied old statements.

(4) Analysts tell me that the magazine PDF file either does not load properly or carries a trojan virus. This is unusual because al-Qaeda and AQAP have produced and disseminated such PDF publications many times without such problems. If the report was produced by U.S. counterintelligence, or if the U.S. operatives attached the virus to the original file, would the trojan really be so easily detectable by simple, consumer-grade virus scanners? Surely U.S. counterintelligence has less detectable viruses at their disposal.

(5) The web-based "jihadi" community itself seems suspicious. The report has received little attention on web forums, especially given its apparent importance. A publication including such high-profile figures would normally receive far more attention than it has so far.

There are also reasons to doubt that the report was produced by U.S. counterintelligence, as CI officials would likely know enough to edit out these red flags. It's unclear who that leaves, but the most likely culprit could simply be mischievous, if knowledgeable, pranksters in the U.S. who wanted to disseminate a trojan virus among jihadi forum visitors. That would also explain why the document was written in English.

Of course, none of these doubts are definitive and it remains a significant possibility that the publication is authentic. Leah Farrall, an AQAP expert and former Australian counterterrorism official, expressed doubt about the publication but disputed some of the cases against its authenticity.

Anonymous said...

Thos magazine is worse than the TV show Glee