While Americans have grown complacent over the threat of terrorism from al-Qaeda, the group’s latest issue of “Inspire” magazine is calling for car bomb attacks on specific U.S. cities and other targets abroad.
Yahya Ibrāhim wrote in his “Letter from the Editor” that many “Feisal Shahzāds” reside in America, and only need the knowledge of how to make car bombs to fulfill their duty of Jihād.
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“The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!” he wrote. “Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzād’s car bomb.”
“And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too,” he added.
Following a lengthy explanation of how to make the bombs, the magazine lists Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles as targets during presidential and congressional election seasons and on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
America is the primary target, followed by United Kingdom, France and “other crusader countries,” according to the article, which lists these details:
Specific States and Cities:
• Washington DC and New York:
Washington is the capital, and New York is the former capital. Both have symbolic importance to the American people and government. Moreover, White House is in Washington, and DC has about 347,000 federal government employees and many important figures in the government live there. As for New York, it is known for its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center, it is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States.
• Northern Virginia:
It has a big military presence, almost all the military bases are based in this state, apart from the Air Force which is based in Chicago. There are federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the Department of Defense and CIA; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region’s main seaport. Virginia in general attracts a load of tourists.
It is in the mid of the US, hence it is a major transportation hub. It is an important component in global distribution, as it is the third largest inter-modal port in the world. It is also an important worldwide center of commerce. The city has the second largest financial center in the United States. Among its most important financial structures:
1. Sears Tower, a 108-story skyscraper, it held the title tallest building in the world for about 25 years.
2. The Chicago Board of Trade Building.
• Los Angeles:
The most populous city in the state of California, and the second most populous in the United States. It is also the largest manufacturing center in the western United States. It is also the home base of Hollywood.
Areas and Restaurants with high profile personalities – Usually these people visit the restaurants during the weekend:
• Restaurants and Bars in the M street, Washington.
• Tennis stadiums; they are visited by thousands of people, and high profile people, especially the US Open.
The article also suggests specific locations and times to attack European sites in England and France, including the Bastille Military Day Parade on July 14 in Paris and soccer (football) stadiums during Premier League FA Cup Matches in the UK “when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and FA Cup matches.”
“As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, e.g. sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering. The important thing is that you target people and not buildings,” the article said.