Saturday, November 20, 2010

IN PICTURES: 3rd Issue of "Inspire" Magazine from Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Released; Focuses on UPS Printer Bomb Plot

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.

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation, has released the third issue of its English-language Inspire magazine. The magazine is believed to be edited by American Samir Khan. The inaugural issue was released in July and the second issue on October 11.

The focus of the new issue is the failed AQAP "package/printer UPS" bomb plot. The issue includes photographs of the package/printer bombs before they were mailed from Yemen to the United States. There has been some debate as to how close Khan and the other producers of Inspire are to AQAP's core membership. The inclusion of this images, if genuine, suggests that Khan & Co. may be closer to the core of the group than originally thought.

Perhaps most amusing is the claim that the great Victorian novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was included because the AQAP folks had "great expectations" for their plot. They clearly have not read the novel or even see one of the movies based on it.

The entire operation cost $4,200, according to jihadi-takfiri source quoted in the new issue. Dedication pages to imprisoned jihadi-takfiris including Zachary Chesser and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui are included. The producers also claim that AQAP downed a UPS plane near Dubai on September 3, 2010 in a test run of similar bombs. AQAP claimed the downing.
Instructions are also included for contributors.


PDFs from NON-militant sites can be downloaded via:

The password to unpack the file is: Read about and download the second issue and first issue of Inspire.


Fernando said...

It struck me that most of the clips from the section "Hear the world" (p.17-19) are from CNN International...

Thank you for the uploads, great blog as always.

إبن الصقلي said...

Good catch!

Thanks, Fernando!