Al Qaeda Magazine Calls for New Attacks on U.S., Lists Targets
An English-language magazine published by Al Qaeda is calling for new attacks on the United States. The magazine has instructions on bomb-making and lists potential targets, including the Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and military colleges.
The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations" that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.
“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack -- implying that it is coming soon.” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.
There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York's Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.
The “Palestine” magazine is a spin-off of AQAP's Inspire magazine, which mainly encourages and instructs jihadi recruits to carry out lone-wolf attack in the West. This new magazine is meant to play upon the recent anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sentiments brought about by the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
“Both AQAP and IS, as well as every other Al-Qaeda branch and offshoot is relying on U.S. social media companies including Twitter and YouTube for their cyber-Jihad efforts,” said Stalinsky, whose organization monitors the online and media activity of Jihadi groups and reported on the release of this publication.
This list comes as U.S. intelligence investigates the increased chances of a terror attack on American soil as Islamic State militants continue on their rampage in Iraq and Syria.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, reacted to the threats on America’s Newsroom.
“The American people have to realize that this is not a game we’re playing. We have an enemy that will spend every available moment trying to kill us," Rep. King told Martha MacCallum.
On Wednesday, a second American was reportedly killed fighting with ISIS. The man was identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis.
Three years ago, Rep. King focused on Minneapolis during his hearings on the radicalization of the American-Muslim community.
“There were a number of young Muslim men fighting overseas and the local leaders were covering up for it,” he said. “This is something that’s very real. […] Over 100 Americans are fighting in Syria with Al Qaeda-affiliated groups.”