Al-Qa'ida magazine gives tips on killing Americans
Al-Qa'ida has published a series of articles in its magazine giving would-be militants tips on how to kill Americans, including a section on how to mow people down with a pickup truck.
The 74-page online English-language magazine, titled 'Inspire', which has a foreword by Osama bin Laden, encourages "individual jihad" to kill Americans and Westerners. It is an indication that the terrorist network is signalling a move away from terror "spectaculars", which are easier for intelligence agencies to foil, towards one-man operations.
In a graphic feature called 'The Ultimate Mowing Machine', it gives ideas for one-man operations, such as attaching blades to the front of a pickup truck which can then be used to "mow down" passers-by.
"To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle," it advises. "The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles."
Another option is the use of personal firearms. "A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington DC at lunch hour for example might end up knocking out a few government supporters," it says. The magazine is the second edition of 'Inspire', which is produced by Arab-Americans who have defected to Yemen.
Their ideological figurehead is Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Yemeni cleric, who is said to be the mastermind behind the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day.
Some have alleged the magazine is a piece of Western "black propaganda".
The magazine seems to confirm that al-Qa'ida operations are being hampered by better intelligence and drone attacks on its bases in Pakistan and Yemen. Last month, a 'Mumbai-style' attack on European cities was uncovered by a combined operation involving US, British, French and German intelligence agencies.
"It is no longer possible to operate by the methods of the old model, especially after the September 11 events and the onset of the American campaigns, where the great majority of the existing secret organisations were destroyed," one article admits.
"We need to concentrate the research on the methods of individual jihadi operational activity." (© Daily Telegraph, London)