Monday, October 11, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Releases Second Issue of English-language Internet Magazine "Inspire"

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.

UPDATES (October 12):
Read analysis of the new magazine by Prof. Jarret Brachman, formerly of the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center and Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, an expert in Islamism of all stripes in Saudi Arabia. Yemen expert and Princeton Near Eastern Studies doctoral candidate Gregory Johnsen, who is thankfully back to blogging, weighs in with insights on the state of AQAP recently and the debate on whether or not to put U.S. citizens in or associated with the group on assassination lists.

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation, has the second issue of Inspire magazine, its purported English-language jihadi-takfiri Internet magazine (Inspire #2, Inspire 2). United States citizen Samir Khan, who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, probably edits the magazine. It is remarkably similar to his edited series of English magazines from 2009, Jihad Recollections, which was produced in the U.S. The first issue of Inspire was released in July to much (overdone) hullabaloo in the U.S. media.

Noteworthy articles in the new issue include a first-person account by Khan of his decision to join AQAP's media outlet and an article by the radical American-Muslim preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi) about the Mardin Conference, a meeting in late March of Sunni Muslim religious scholars from around the world. One of the major results of the conference was the issuing of an opinion historically contextualizing the fourteenth century Sunni Muslim jurist Ibn Taymiyyah's fatwa on jihad and territories ruled by the Il-Khanid Mongols. He permitted the Muslim Mamluks in Egypt to wage war against the newly-converted Muslim Il-Khanid Mongols in Syria and parts of Iraq and Iran. Readable images of these two articles are below.

The PDF may be downloaded via:

The password to unpack the file is: Hu.&hGgi/HlM*hgYsghL





Fernando said...

Thanks for your great work. I'm reading this issue right now.

Its quality is really high. The work with image is very professional. Some sections are smart, others pretend to be a tutorial, others are hillarious...

With this magazine, al-Malahem is some steps ahead of al-Sahab!

Danny said...

Thank you for providing information and also a context in which to process it. Blessings.