May 30th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Al Qaeda magazine encourages Boston-style bombings

By Ashley Killough and Paul Cruickshank

In its upcoming issue, the al Qaeda-backed magazine Inspire praises the alleged Boston Marathon bombers as heroes and encourages readers in the United States to follow their example.

According to an English copy of the magazine obtained by Flashpoint Partners, an American group tracking jihadist websites, the issue also has a section heralding the killing of a British soldier in London last week.

The authors of the magazine, published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula based in Yemen, argue April's deadly violence in Boston proves that lone-wolf attacks can be effective in the United States. The issue also warns Americans that they're not safe against such "unstoppable" operations.

Investigators believe that alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed days after the attack, accessed Inspire magazine, which had instructions on bomb-making, a law enforcement official told CNN this month.

According to analysts, the explosive devices used in the attack that killed three and injured more than 260 others had striking similarities to a bomb recipe in the first issue of the magazine in June 2010.

"How to build a bomb in your Mom's kitchen" has been downloaded by militants in multiple Islamist terrorist plots.

The upcoming issue, which falls just under 40 pages, calls on American Muslims to follow those who masterminded the Boston attacks. And as long as simple materials-like the pressure cooker allegedly used in the Boston bombing - remain legal, such acts can be carried out with ease, the magazine says.

"Lone-Jihad is impossible to counter and stop, except when basic cooking ingredients and building material become illegal," the magazine states. Embedded among the articles are glossy photos of the carnage from the bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line.

One section, "An eye for an eye," features a graphic of a bloody knife and an image of a meat cleaver wielding-suspect in the deadly daylight attack on a British soldier in Woolwich.

The author says "the message of these young men has been conveyed to the whole world, including every Britain, every westerner, every kafar (non-believer) whose hands have Muslim blood."

In a separate letter, "Jones the Rebel" instructs American Muslims to "break down these psychological barriers which hinder us from attacking this enemy ... beware of belittling yourself and your capability."

The Boston bombings, the author states, "revealed the power of the lone jihad operation" and encourages readers to "take things into your hands."

It should be noted that the quality of English in the new issue is significantly lower than in previous editions.

"The Boston events, the road accidents, the poisoned letters, disregard of the people behind them, indicate that the control of your security has broken away and operations against you has taken a path which can be controlled not," Qassim ar-Reimy, a senior commander for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, writes in a message to Americans.

Making the bombs, he argues, is a skill now within every individual's reach. Another article features a graphic of Tamerlan Tsarnaev depicted in paradise.

While no physical links have been found between Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokar, and al Qaeda, Inspire magazine is nonetheless taking credit for being a catalyst for the attacks, says CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank.

"They're opportunistically taking credit for this, saying, 'We encouraged these guys. We gave them instructions and look what happened.' And they're trying to encourage others to do the same," Cruickshank told CNN, adding the magazine is "very difficult" to shut down because of its ability to disseminate online.

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  9. are122

    a graphic of Tamerlan Tsarnaev depicted in paradise. <~~~ I wonder if it includes SUV tire marks.

    June 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  10. abmri60

    An Al – Qaeda commander in the Arabian Peninsula stated that Americans will not be safe unless their leaders respect the security of other countries and do not attack or oppress them.
    he also stated that the US security is no longer under control.

    June 2, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
  11. Joe M.

    Clearly, what's needed is more drone strikes on a stepped-up schedule. We're not killing the Al Qaida Neanderthals fast enough. Even people in Pakistan are getting fed up and want these pigs dead. The intelligence effort needs to be increased to develop more targets.

    June 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  12. lance

    how about a boston style deportation of muslems out of the u.s.

    June 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  13. heywood

    Would they endorse my movie about mohammud performing oral on a horse and a camel? I want to show it in saudi arabia. can i put an ad in inspire?

    May 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • jim king

      got my vote.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  14. markjuliansmith

    Religious Terror can be stopped if Freedom of Religion is Stopped.

    May 31, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  15. rodwick

    So this is like a travel magazine for the upwardly mobile Jihadist?

    May 31, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  16. Taliban Beastiality

    I'm waiting for the "Swimsuit Issue"! Mmmmmm – sheep in swimsuits. So hot!

    May 31, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  17. J.T. Burton

    In God's name, these attacks have to stop! Peace is the only viable option. Al Qaeda needs to become peaceful or disband. Those that care wouldn't act this way. Terror is awful to live with let alone the atrocities. Enough said.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Elliot

      "In God's Name"
      The problem is, in God's name is why these attacks happen in the first place.
      Their method of belief (Faith) means they aren't that different from anyone else who calls on God for other reasons.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • Scott

        @Ellliot: You're thinking of the wrong God. Allah is the Moon god of Arabia. A false deity. Doesn't exist. God of the Holy Bible would never condone these kinds of acts anyone that tried will be proven wrong when they face the Almighty and learn that they were wrong about such ideas. Muslims does not believe in the same God as Christians.

        June 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
      • J.T. Burton

        Surely, God wouldn't approve and very likely despise these egregious acts of violence and terror.

        June 2, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Russ Germain

      do you have any idea how impossible that is? do you not know how insane and ridiculous these people are???

      they don't give a damn about peace, they don't care about what we think!! no amount of talking or money or promises will EVER make them stop! you truly don't understand! you think it's just as easy as that? give your head a shake!

      May 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • rodwick

      JT is there some kind of magic God button you can push to stop this ? They pushed their God button to start it.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Al Qaida will be very peaceful when they're all dead.

      June 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  18. mc

    I still can't believe we are so stupid as to allow "How to Build a Bomb" books to be sold or shared on the internet. We can pass laws allowing drones in the US, we can allow our own conversation to be tapped and recorded but we don't take bomb making how-to's off the internet. Sorry, but this is just wrong. We are training the enemy.

    May 31, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • wordsnorth

      If you think that is possible, you truly do not understand anything about the Internet.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  19. William Miller

    I see a Drone missile strike in this magazine's future. Seems like a legit target to me.

    May 31, 2013 at 7:41 am | Reply
  20. Ovwata Onojieruo

    Terrorists,and those who harbour them,are complicit in the murder of the innocent and are guilty of such.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply
  21. EntoyDaDragoN

    I love how president Putin handles terrorist

    May 31, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
  22. Diogonese

    Demonstrating once again that Islam is a religion of peace. Yea, right.

    May 31, 2013 at 4:41 am | Reply
    • Russ Germain

      buddy, radicalism is not Muslim. two different things.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • Just Wondering

        So why aren't any muslims protesting this magazine?

        May 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • dzze

        I was just wondering what just wondering was wondering. But seriously, I think they don't speak up because they are afraid themselves. Eventually, they will have to.

        June 2, 2013 at 9:15 am |
  23. HELLO

    There's probably an ad for a "Maternity Tourism" agency on the same page.

    May 31, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply
  24. Bob Frick

    Just consider the source & move on.................'nuff said

    May 31, 2013 at 3:37 am | Reply
  25. lweba

    Why don't hackers target these sights instead harming sights which bring benefits to us?

    May 31, 2013 at 3:27 am | Reply
    • TheBob

      Because hackers don't "target sights". They attack sites.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:29 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      Now that's a thought haha. Put their nervous misguided energy to do some real work. Wouldn't that be something useful!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 4:58 am | Reply
    • kando

      They do.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        Stand corrected

        May 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  26. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    haters gotta hate

    May 31, 2013 at 2:58 am | Reply
  27. hollander4419

    CNN shouldn't even advertise this crap and give in to the attention they want and the media is giving them.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
  28. Gdam

    I live among Muslim people. 99.9% are very rude and smug. I remember when 911 happened the muslims that lived above me where partying it up..singing dancing and music..I couldn't believe what I was hearing. to these people violence is their only vocabulary.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • MoMO are just a bigoted liar.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:40 am | Reply
      • Mark

        um. If they were celebrating in other parts of the country, which they in fact were, it wouldn't be surprising if what he's saying is the truth. You're just a fool in denial.

        May 31, 2013 at 2:49 am |
      • heywood

        Look at the vids of the barbarians on that day. its true. they should all die.

        May 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Landon

      I live in a neighborhood with a moderately sized Muslim population. Those I have interacted with have been exceptionally friendly and neighborly, much more so than my white neighbors. I'm sure some Muslims celebrated 9/11, just like some westerners probably celebrate when they hear about civilians being bombed in the Middle East. Bigots, fools, and sociopaths come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Sorry to hear that you've had bad experiences, but don't let that mislead you into naively thinking that all Muslims are violent and impolite.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:07 am | Reply
      • TheBob

        The people you think are Muslims aren't actually Muslims. They just like to think they are. The real Muslims follow the Quran, and the Quran orders Muslims to do the kinds of things that the 9/11 hijackers, the Boston bombers, the London 7/7 terrorists and all other Muslim terrorists do. No one who has read the Quran would deny this. But as it happens, 99% of "Muslims" have never read the Quran, nor do they practice most of the things it requires of a Muslim. They only consider themselves Muslim because their parents also think they are Muslim.

        May 31, 2013 at 3:26 am |
      • Justice

        Yes Mr Bob is the expert on who is muslim and who isn't and has a complete handle on how many have read the Quran. Ignorant buffoon!

        May 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Amr

      This is some of the biggest garbage I have ever heard in my life. Anyone who believes this guy is an idiot. You're obviously just trying to make a religion look bad. You're a fool.

      And this is coming from an atheist.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:51 am | Reply
      • Ovwata Onojieruo

        What do an atheist know about world religion's

        May 31, 2013 at 6:04 am |
    • jim king

      i remember 911 in los angeles..... a big black benz making a left turn in front of me(i could see/hear clearly) with 5 saudi garbed shtbags were partying and having a good-old time celebrating that arabic accomplishment of muhammed atta et al. tolerance my ass.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
  29. Milquetoast

    I only "read" AQ magazine for the Burka centerfolds, fck the articles. Nobody wants to read tips on how to seduce goats, grow a lush uni-brow in time for Ramadan, or murder joggers when your host country rejects you as a loser.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • John

      I thought I was the only one who did that. The 2012 Ramadan issue centerfold almost showed one entire eye and a bit of eyebrow. SHWINGGGGGG!!!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:35 am | Reply
  30. Donald Bilinski

    I have an idea. Let's send them weapons.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • Milquetoast

      What could go wrong? #sarcasm font# I suppose our kids will need another war to fight in a few years or else Lockheed-Martin execs won't get gold plated underwear to fart into courtesy of our tax dollars.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  31. American Muslim

    How about as an American Muslim, i tell you (the Al Qaida magazine editor) to go F*** yourself and stop spreading hatred.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:38 am | Reply
    • suzie

      You serious??? American Muslims stand up to Islamic jihad????????

      May 31, 2013 at 1:40 am | Reply
    • muslimguy

      3:100 O ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed!

      3:118 O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.

      49:6 O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done.

      May 31, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Do it in front of your fellow Muslims publicly and it might amount to something.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • Landon

        Why doesn't it already amount to something?

        May 31, 2013 at 3:10 am |
    • Jomama

      I know there are good Muslims and theres the extremists. Ive gotten to the point where I want nothing to do with any of them. Been over there. I know there are different sects in Islam just as there is in any religion. I don't want nothing to do with the Jewish faith either but they don't go around killing so I don't really care. They want to fight each other, let them but when they start this crap It becomes a problem. They are attacking people who have low self worth that want to be apart of anything. That tells me there is something wrong with society as a whole on both sides. I mean sides now because extremist are reinforcing this anyway they can.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • Empty Words

      How about I tell you words without action mean NOTHING.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  32. suzie

    If there are more terrorism in America and Europe, I am not surprise governments and people will stand up and ask the Muslim to pack their Koran and rugs back where Prophet M. coming from.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Justice

      Same region where Jesus and Moses came from, as they are regarded as prophets in Islam as well...Al-Qaida is not muslim as Islam does not allow killing of innocent men, women and children... just like the guy who went to a sikh temple and shot and killed people thinking that they were muslim was never labled as a Christian terrorist, the soldier who took 20 innocent lives in Afghanistan (with the military declaring the guy acted alone) never equated to the fact that Christians are merciless barbarians...get your head out of sand and stop generalizations and labeling...

      May 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  33. marty

    I'm not surprised The New Yorker magazine would say this.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:35 am | Reply
  34. HJC

    I bet the centerfold is butt ugly and needs a shave of the old Bin Laden beard........

    May 31, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
  35. Trevor

    Thanks CNN for bringing this into the spotlight. Why? Why????

    May 31, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
  36. Klaark

    When is the Pope going to apologize for the Westboro Baptist Church? When are all Christians going to accept responsibility for the WBC's behavior? Why won't they police their own?

    May 31, 2013 at 1:27 am | Reply
  37. Freddo

    A couple of loose cannons in Boston are apparently better at disruption than Al Qaeda.

    I hope you all rot in he11.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
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