INSPIRE, ISSUE 12 — AT FIRST GLANCE
By Michael S. Smith II
While looking for the Spring 2014 edition of Inspire magazine featuring “An Interview with Obama” and instructions for the manufacture of car bombs, one thing became quite clear: Although they are creative, the technical capabilities of those now managing the production of AQAP’s English-language jihadi e-zine may not be all that high. For it would seem they don’t understand how to reduce the file size of their latest image-intensive issue, an ostensibly safe copy of which may be accessed via the Internet Archive.
The following are among this issue’s feature articles:
As noted, also included is a piece titled “An Interview with Obama.” This material is described as a “hypothetical interview with the White House gangster,” in which “all of Obama’s answers are directly quoted from the counterterrorism speech he gave on 23rd March 2013.” Prefacing this piece, the author explains, “The main idea here is to focus on the change of the American tone regarding the zio-crusader war waged on the Muslim Ummah and its Jihadi front. This change comes after years of fighting and massive losses on the enemy’s side to the extent that the American regime has realized it’s too difficult to achieve victory in such a long ferocious war.”
Following the piece, a full-page image of a subway car is overlaid with a short poem that concludes, “Assemble your bomb, ready for detonation.”
Finally, the “Open Source Jihad” section of the latest edition includes a multi-page tutorial on the production of car bombs. Writers also make suggestions regarding specific targets in the US, France, and the UK, such as sports facilities, hotels and museums. (Note: The reverse of this issue features a photo taken of a van at a busy intersection of W 47th Street in New York near Father Duffy Square that is overlaid with the following text: “The right man in the right place devastates the enemy / Choose Wisely.”)
Last updated 18 March 2014.