From the grave, al-Awlaki calls for bio-chem attacks on the U.S.
May 2nd, 2012
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From the grave, al-Awlaki calls for bio-chem attacks on the U.S.

By Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

The editor and star contributor may be dead, but that hasn't prevented al Qaeda in Yemen from issuing the eighth and ninth editions of its online English-language magazine, Inspire.

The eighth edition of the high-color magazine includes the most detailed advice yet from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on launching attacks against Western countries.  In a five-page article entitled "Targeting the Populations of Countries at War With Muslims," al-Awlaki justifies the killing of women and children and the use of chemical and biological weapons in addition to bombings and gun attacks.

Al-Awlaki and the man widely believed to have been Inspire's editor, former North Carolina blogger Samir Khan, were both killed in a drone attack in September in Yemen. It's unclear why it's taken so long to publish their articles.

The influence of al-Awlaki through his writings in Inspire and elsewhere have become apparent in several terrorism cases in Europe and the United States,

Al-Awlaki says women and children should not be deliberately targeted, but if they are among "combatants," it is "allowed for Muslims to attack them."

"Muslims are allowed to target the populations of countries that are at war with Muslims by bombings or fire-arms attacks or other forms of attacks that inevitably lead to the deaths of non-combatants," al-Awlaki wrote.

The continuation of jihad, al-Awlaki wrote, took precedence over every other consideration - and gun attacks such as that by Pakistani militants against civilian targets in Mumbai in 2008 were legitimate. More than 150 people were killed in a three-day assault on hotels and other places in Mumbai. Jihad allowed the shooter "to shoot randomly at crowds," al-Awlaki added.

"The use of poisons of chemical and biological weapons against population centers is allowed and strongly recommended due to the effect on the enemy," al-Awlaki continued. He then quoted several religious scholars to justify such attacks, concluding:  "These statements of the scholars show that it is allowed to use poison or other methods of mass killing against the disbelievers who are at war with us."

There is no evidence that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or any other part of the terror group has developed any sort of chemical or biological weapon capability.

Elsewhere, al-Awlaki talks about his life in America and the aftermath of 9/11.

"September 11 was a Tuesday. By Thursday the FBI were knocking on my door," he wrote.

"The questions revolved around the attacks. They visited me again but this time they were asking for cooperation which I made it clear that they shouldn't expect."

An article by Khan warns American Muslims that they will never be accepted as Americans and should understand that Islam and the United States are incompatible. And he praises the few mujahedeen who have left America. He is quoted in another article as saying that attacking the enemy in their backyard is one of the best ways to help the jihad.

Elsewhere in the magazine, a Dr. Khateer contributes advice on building remote detonation devices using a motorbike alarm and washing-machine timer.

There's also a lengthy piece accusing Pakistan's army of betraying Islamic principles and being at the service of the "Crusaders."

"The services of the Pakistani Army to the Crusaders are so enormous and so significant that without them the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan would have been impossible," writes the author, who is described as a former Pakistani soldier. He says the army's "senior officers should be targeted for assassination."

There are also effusive tributes to al Qaeda commanders killed in the past year during fighting in southern Yemen against government forces.

The ninth edition, whose title "Wining on the Ground" is misspelled, runs to 62 pages and includes tributes to al-Awlaki and Khan. The editors urge followers to post the issue on online forums to thwart any attempt by the FBI to bring down sites that host the magazine.

"To the disappointment of our enemies ... we are still publishing America's worst nightmare," says an editorial. It describes the magazine's aims as to inspire jihad in the English-speaking world and "to deliver to every inspired Muslim anywhere around the world the operational know-how of carrying out attacks from within the West."

In a section called 'Open Source Jihad," followers are urged to ignite wildfires in the United States, and there are instructions on how to create an "ember bomb."

Also in the ninth edition, an al Qaeda member describes how he met al-Awlaki while they were both held in prison in Yemen. Later, he writes, al-Awlaki left the Yemeni capital for a more remote area because of constant harassment by security forces. After al-Awlaki became a target of the United States for alleged involvement in terror plots, the author recalls speaking with al-Awlaki after he narrowly escaped one drone attack.

"This time eleven missiles missed its target but the next time, the first rocket may hit it," al-Awlaki is quoted as saying.

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