Al Qaeda Magazine 'Inspires' Homegrown Terrorism

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A new magazine published by al Qaeda is offering terror tips for American jihadists. The magazine bears the fingerprints of several American-born jihadists.

Although it won't be found at a local newsstand or bookstore, U.S. officials fear that Inspire Magazine will reach a large audience of American jihadists through the Internet.

The Web-based al Qaeda glossy has released its second issue, a virtual "how to guide" for carrying out attacks against American targets.

It calls for jihadists to open fire on restaurants in Washington, D.C. during lunch hour as a way to kill American government workers, to use pickup trucks to mow down crowds of civilians, and for those with scientific degrees -- it suggests developing weapons of mass destruction, like nerve gas.

"This magazine has been basically designed to cater to those American-born jihadists or American-raised and educated jihadists who already have been indoctrinated," said Walid Phares, terrorism analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Inspire is published by al Qaeda's Yemen's branch, which is the home of terror cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The New Mexico native has been connected to several major terrorist plots on U.S. soil over the past year.

"Al-Awlaki seems to be the expert on America within al Qaeda, the one who knows how to proceed within the United States," Phares said.

The latest issue of Inspire contains articles by Awlaki and another American-born al Qaeda mouthpiece, Adam Gadahn.

U.S. officials believe the magazine was created by another American native named Samir Khan. He left North Carolina for Yemen last year and says he's "proud to be a traitor to America."

**Originally published Oct. 14, 2010.

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