Reports are that two new editions of Al-Qaeda's magazine "Inspire" have surfaced, which is the first time the online publication has been heard from since its founders, American Anwar al-Awlaki and Pakistani-American Samir Khan, were killed in Sept. 2011 by a CIA drone attack. The last issue reported on by the Blaze was in July where the terrorists targeted the Sydney Opera House.
Fox News reports the English-language magazine was obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri) from the al-Fida website in an "unexplained cyberattack" against several jihadi websites. Fox notes U.S. intelligence officials are still working to authenticate these latest eighth and ninths editions, but content revealed thus far includes "Training with the Handgun" and "Remote Control Detonation."
ABC News reports al-Awlaki and Khan are eulogized in the ninth edition, but it notes authors stating their deaths will not stop the magazine's publication or the mission of Al-Qaeda. Here's more from ABC on what the magazine includes in this round:
The magazines have also lost some of the snark and American colloquialisms favored by the U.S.-raised Samir Khan, who memorably titled one of his articles urging Western Muslims to wage lone wolf attacks "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom." But issue nine carries equally lethal advice, with "It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb," which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an "ember bomb" in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.
"In America, there are more houses built in the [countryside] than in the cities," says the writer, who uses the pseudonym The AQ Chef. "It is difficult to choose a better place [than] in the valleys of Montana."
Issue eight has an eight-page article on how to construct remote-controlled explosives, with a laundry list of parts and ingredients and photos showing proper assembly.
Watch ABC's report on the threats issued in the magazine:
In addition, Wired points out another feature is recruiting interested "lone wolf" terrorists to conduct attacks. The article even provides an email address and public encryption keys. In order of priority, attacks would include “American targets; Israeli targets; French targets; British targets; [and] apostate regimes targets in the Muslim lands [sic].” Here's more on the feature "Convoy of Martyrs" from the tech magazine:
To qualify, you must be a Muslim; must possess “maturity”; and be skilled in “listening and obeying.” The terrorist group provides a public encryption key and a handful of Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail accounts where you can send your idea about who or what you’d like shoot, stab or detonate. If you’re approved, off you go to kill infidels, unencumbered by any traditional terrorist cell.
“The only connection that mujahid has is with the group leadership. In this case it will be our military committee,” the feature reads. “So, the remaining functions like directing, selecting the target, instructing, training and adopting the operation will be held by our group’s military committee and leadership. Also, the group is responsible for media coverage of the operation.”
NDTV reports US-based IntelCenter stating that these new editions serve to highlight that even with the death of al-Awlaki, he will continue to "inspire attacks [...] through his writings and statements".