July 1st, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Al Qaeda launches English language magazine

Al Qaeda has launched this week what it is calling its first English-language online magazine, a move that could be seen as a way to recruit more American-born terrorists.

The magazine was posted on radical Islamist websites Tuesday, said Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks terror groups.

The launch of the magazine, called "Inspire", though did not go smoothly as only three pages of what was billed as a 67-page magazine appeared online. A fourth page was unsuccessfully posted on websites and showed nothing but garbled images.

A table of contents of the magazine listed an article called "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

The magazine also promised to have an article written by fugitive American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Awlaki has recently been linked to the failed attempted Chistmas Day bombing of a plane bound for Detroit, Michigan.

The director of the National Counterterrorism Center said this week that the U.S. government believes Awlaki had "a direct operational role" in the bombing attempt.

CNN's Saad Abedine contributed to this report

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  1. Matt

    dirka dirka dirka

    July 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk

      that is the dumbest thin ever...dirka is not even a real word. You posting that three times just shows the people that read it how low your IQ really is....WOW

      July 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. citizenUSA

    Let them read this: We're gonna wipe your a$$es off the face of the earth.

    July 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingoist

      I'm sure they are really afraid of your anonymous internet post. Go watch more Chuck Norris and stay off my interwebs.

      July 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wenton Chan

    I'll subscribe to the Terrorist Weekly (or the New Terrorist). I doubt they will be as bad as CNN when it comes to editing errors (though the liberal bias will remain).

    July 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Lloyd

    With respect to CNN, this is completely frustrating because one news story about an Al Qaeda magazine will potentially destroy the incredible goodwill a positive magazine such as ALO Hayati has accomplished over the past five years. The great achievement of ALO in this post 9-11 society, such as being in VIP airport lounges for American-based airlines is put into jeopardy with this ignorance. It sounds like a complete hoax to hoodwind the American media.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg, Ontario

    Nothing positive can come from a wesite or magazine of this nature. Only true evil can take something wonderful like free speech and turn it into a weapon. We must be on gaurd for things like this 24/7.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |