New Internet magazine linked to al Qaeda seeks to lure Americans to jihad

May 2nd, 2009 - 12:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 2 (ANI): Jihad Recollections, a new English-language Internet magazine linked to al Qaeda, focuses on the terrorist group, its founder Osama bin Laden and how to commit jihad.

The Internet magazine also predicts the demise of the United States, FOX News reported.

“This is designed for Americans,” says noted terrorism expert Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism in Washington, D.C., and author of the book “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us.”

“It’s not for Brits, not for Germans, not for jihadists in the Middle East. It’s designed for Americans and it’s designed to get them to convert to Islam or to carry out jihad acts of terror,” he said.

“What started off as some angry kids in their basement has transformed over the past several years into a robust al Qaeda propaganda outlet right here in our backyard,” says Jarret Brachman, an al Qaeda specialist and author of the new book, “Global Jihadism.”

It is not clear what connection, if any, the magazine has to al Qaeda or its followers. Yet “Jihad Recollections” certainly highlights the terrorist group and the goals of Islamic jihad in a sophisticated and graphically slick presentation.

The magazine includes the speeches and writings of bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Articles range from “Four Practical Steps to Expand the Global Jihad,” to “The Science Behind Night Vision Technology” and “Principles of Guerrilla Warfare.”

“The magazine is quite startling,” said Emerson. It is “a veritable manual on how to carry out terrorism. It’s quite shocking, and the question is whether it violates the law or not.”

“Jihad Recollections” appears to prepare followers to engage in jihad. One section teaches aspiring jihadists how to stay in shape by doing exercise without weights.

Articles with photographs of men dressed in white robes with their faces covered encourage them to exercise at home and stay away from American gyms because “they are full of music, semi-naked women, free mixing.”

It warns of the dangers of “showing off” during a workout and even observes that protein shakes are too expensive and not worth the money. (ANI)

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