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  • Hot off the press: the Al-Qaeda magazine!

    by Sunny
    12th July, 2010 at 9:33 am    

    That’s right, the loose terrorist group has published a magazine. Going through it quickly (note to security services: I didn’t go to Pakistan to attend training camps, just in case you’re reading).

    Seems to me, the magazine is more aimed at the Western media and non-Muslims than Muslims themselves. For example, there is an article on: ‘Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom’, which is actually titled: ‘Open Source Jihad’. No, really! Check out page 31.

    Also interesting to note their comments on the niqab:

    As mentioned above the niq?b is not mandatory on Muslim women according to many scholars. But because it is a right of Muslim women and because it has become a symbol of being a Muslim today, Muslims need to take a firm position in this battle and dig in their trenches.

    For this reason we promote that Muslim women in the West who do not view wearing niq?b as being a religious duty to wear the niq?b as a public sign of their rejection of forced assimilation, as a
    symbol of their pride at being Muslim, as a public statement that is carried as a badge of honor in face of a decadent Western way of life, and a statement that proclaims that even if I am not obliged to wear the niq?b, I will wear it because I refuse to have the West decide for me how I am going to practice my religion.

    Unsurprisingly, this pretty much mirrors what people who want to ban the niqab say about the women wearing them. They say these women have already rejected the West and should be forced, AQ want them to wear it for the same reason. Neither cares what women think or feel about it.

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    1. sunny hundal

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    1. Vikrant — on 12th July, 2010 at 10:16 am  

      Wasn’t this thing a hoax? I’m pretty sure it was… Remember colbert talking about it a while ago…

    2. Naadir Jeewa — on 12th July, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

      Half of it reads like some Glenn Beck talking points though.

      Here’s Hegghammer on authenticity:

      ..the question of authenticity is neither soluble nor particularly important. Most commentators address the issue of authenticity in binary terms, as if documents are either fabricated by the CIA or manufactured by the inner core of al-Qaida. This is not how propaganda production works. Virtually no propaganda today is produced by the inner core of militant organizations. Propaganda production is usually outsourced to cells and individuals with varying degrees of contact with senior operatives. In fact, a considerable amount of jihadi media is produced by self-started entrepreneurs with no direct ties to militants whatsoever. Authenticity is therefore most often a matter of degrees, not a question of either-or. Inspire may well be the work of genuine religious activists, but not necessarily of the inner core of AQAP. Without signals intelligence it is extremely difficult to determine the precise nature of the link between the editors and the AQAP leadership.

      Judging from the amount of recycled material in Inspire, I would be surprised if the AQAP connection is very strong. Remember that AQAP’s Arabic-language magazine Sada al-Malahim (published since 2008) usually contains much more original material, suggestive of much closer links between editors and operatives. Even if Inspire was produced by AQAP cadres, I am not sure it would tell us anything we didn’t already know. We already know that the group is alive and well, that it has ambitions to recruit in, and strike at, the West, and that it has a very active media apparatus.

    3. platinum786 — on 12th July, 2010 at 2:41 pm  

      I would click the link to read it, but I don’t fancy a stint in Belmarsh or worse. Curiosity killed the cat.



      The member of staff was sent to prison for 5 months and nearly deported.


    4. platinum786 — on 12th July, 2010 at 2:43 pm  

      Further impact, the course he was studying was ended.


    5. africana — on 13th July, 2010 at 12:33 pm  

      it looks like a hoax, if you ask me.

    6. Spittoon watch — on 13th July, 2010 at 6:00 pm  

      Great article

      Take part in Spittoonwatch’s inaugaral caption competition!


    7. Phil Hunt — on 16th July, 2010 at 3:22 pm  

      “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom”

      Sounds like a parody to me.

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