The first edition of an al-Qaeda terrorist magazine written in English boasted the headline "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" in July. Now its second edition includes some more equally chilling articles: "Tips for Our Brothers in the United Snakes of America,"* and "I am Proud to be a Traitor to America."
The "tips" article offers advice to terrorists that includes: "A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch ... might end up knocking out a few government employees." The articles headlines are detailed in the London Telegraph.
The new edition also includes "The Ultimate Mowing Machine," the Telegraph says, which explains how to use a pickup truck "as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah." The article continues: "to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run."
Most chilling may be the magazine's contributors. Three Americans are reported to be involved: Anwar al-Awlaki, Adam Gadahn, and Samir Khan.
Al-Awlaki reportedly authored two articles in the magazine's latest edition, while Gadahn is said to have authored one. But it is Khan's article that may garner the most attention. His piece, entitled "I am Proud to be a Traitor to America," unabashedly describes how he went from online jihadist in North Carolina to full-time terrorist in Yemen.
According to NPR, Khan is believed to be editor of the terrorist magazine, called Inspire. Al-Awlaki is on a U.S. government kill-or-capture list.
The introduction to the latest edition of Inspire boasts that the Arabian Peninsula al-Qaeda (responsible for its publication) is "one of the most dangerous branches of al-Qaeda." It then promises: "You haven't seen anything yet."
[The blog Counter Terror Forum, authored by Colonel Jennifer Hesterman -- U.S. Air Force, retired, provides a link to the apparent 74-page magazine. To view a pdf of the magazine, which claims to include an article by Osama bin Laden, click here.]
*(Editor's note: the specific article title has been updated based on new information.)