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How to kill Americans, the al-Qaida guide
Al-Qaida has published a series of articles in its magazine giving would-be militants tips on how to kill Americans, including a section on how to mow people down with a pickup truck.
The 74-page online English-language magazine, titled Inspire, which has a foreword by Osama bin Laden, encourages “individual jihad” to kill Americans and Westerners. It is an indication that the terrorist network is signalling a move away from terror “spectaculars”, which are easier for intelligence agencies to foil, towards one-man operations.
In a graphic feature called “The Ultimate Mowing Machine”, it gives ideas for one-man operations, such as attaching blades to the front of a pickup truck which can then be used to “mow down” passers-by. “To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle,” it advises. “The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles.”
Another option is the use of personal firearms. “A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington DC at lunch hour for example might end up knocking out a few government supporters,” it says. The magazine is the second edition of Inspire, which is produced by Arab-Americans who have defected to al-Qaida’s Yemen base.
Their ideological figurehead is Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Yemeni cleric, who is said to be the mastermind behind the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day, and who was in email contact with Major Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood “shooter”.
Some have alleged the magazine is a piece of Western “black propaganda”.
It seems to confirm that al-Qaida operations are being hampered by better intelligence and drone attacks on its bases in Pakistan and Yemen. Last month, a “Mumbai-style” attack on European cities was uncovered by a combined operation involving U.S., British, French and German intelligence agencies.
“It is no longer possible to operate by the methods of the old model, through the ‘secret regional-hierarchical’ organisations, especially after the September 11 events and the onset of the American campaigns, where the great majority of the existing secret organisations were destroyed,” one article admits.
“We need to concentrate the research on the methods of the open fronts, and the methods of individual jihadi operational activity.”
The Internet and mobile phones had been useful tools, another article says, but it goes on: “The rules concerning surveillance in the West have been relaxed when it comes to monitoring Muslims and you could be arrested for the least suspicion.”
In a reaction to closer monitoring of airlines, it urges followers to become jihadis at home – to strike at the head of the serpent, as it puts it.
However, one of the articles, “I am proud to be a traitor to America”, is a first-hand account by a recruit about his journey from a North Carolina suburb to the mountains of Yemen.
In other features, the magazine also takes up a cry of many Western governments by highlighting the usefulness of degrees in chemistry and microbiology – if only to develop unconventional weapons. Science graduates, it suggests, are as highly sought after by jihadi employers as capitalist ones.