We all have our favorite news and information sources, so why should we be surprised when followers of al-Qaeda have one too? Meet Inspire, the slick, glossy mag created by American citizen (and former cheerleader) Samir Khan and featured columnist and American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.
Since 2010, Inspire has been thick with, well, inspiring articles such as:
- “Open Source Jihad: Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by the AQ Chef
- “Don’t be sad: O our Brothers in al-Shabab al-Mujahidin” by Abu Atta
- “What to expect in Jihad (Part 1 & 2)” by Mukhtar Hassan
- “I am proud to be a traitor to America” by Samir Khan
- “O Hesitant one: It’s an Obligation!” by Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani
- “The Ultimate Mowing Machine” (How to use your car to run down pedestrians)
- “Tips for Our Brothers in the United Snakes of America”
- “Destroying Buildings” by the AQ Chef
- “The Way Forward” by Abu Suhail
We don’t know who the writer named “AQ Chef” is, but it certainly seems like he could relax every once in a while and publish some recipes for barbecued goat, or something. And within moments of the publication of this Wonkette article, don’t be surprised if the Drudgery doesn’t pick up on the FACT that Obama used “The Way Forward” by Abu Suhail as inspiration for his new campaign slogan.
Unfortunately for the loyal readers of Inspire, both Khan and al-Awlaki were killed by an American drone in Yemen in late September 2011. Since then, both al-Qaeda and Inspire magazine have struggled to attract English-speaking jihadists without the benefit of their American editor and columnist. But The Terrorists will not be beaten, according to Foreign Policy magazine, even if they’ve lost their fearful leaders. They are open for deathly business and even have a a bunch of jobs available, including “sisters who can write on women-related issues.”
It’s not just the latest issue’s cover that is suffering from a lack of quality control, which, according to J.M. Berger of Intewire, “is significantly worse without Khan on board.” An article inside, instructing would-be terroristas on how to start forest fires in America, is titled, “It is of your freedom to ignite a firebomb.” They also think that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik represents “extremism at its peak.” Too extreme for al-Qaeda? Hey, everybody’s got a limit, we guess.