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13 December 2010
“TAIMOUR AL-ABDALY AKA TAIMOUR ABDUL WAHAB [REDACTED]”
SNIPPET: “The concern at the moment is that Taimour did not act alone when he attacked Stockholm two nights ago.”
SNIPPET: “One thing I ask when someone like Taimour turns up is “what is his connection, if any, to Samir Khan?” I ask this not so much because of Samir’s significance in his own right, but because he is very well connected to the global community of jihadis, and frankly because I spent a ridiculous amount of time mapping out his social network using both open and not-so-open sources, and would like to get some return on that investment.
Samir is three degrees of separation from Taimour. It looks like this:”
Jihad Vault: Building an Archive of American Online Jihad
(January 28, 2011, 08:56 pm)
“Documents Show Jihadists Seek Mass-Destruction Weapons”
February 18, 2011
SNIPPET: “A recent issue of Inspire magazine, published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), provides tips for American Muslims on the use of chemical and chemical and biological weapons. Inspire contributor Yahya Ibrahim discussed the subject in an article entitled “The Ultimate Mowing Machine,” a primer on innovative ways to “Mow Down the Enemies of Allah.”
“America is a terrorist state and Americans are complacent [sic] in some of the worst forms of terrorism our Muslim nation has been subjected to,” Ibrahim writes. “Millions of Muslim lives have been lost to American brutality. It is about time Muslims wake up and pay back America what is due to it.”
The article is part of a section of the magazine called “Open Source Jihad,” which gives readers ideas on ways to carry out terrorist attacks.”
25 February 2011
“BOMB-MAKING SAUDI BOY LEAVES BEHIND A FACEBOOK PAGE...
...and a list of 104 friends.”
SNIPPET: “UPDATE: And speaking of Charlotte, it really should surprise no one that Khalid is a friend of a friend of Samir Khan.”
20 March 2011
“BINYAMINE: A “BRIDGING WEAK TIE””
SNIPPET: “binyamine, on the other hand, appears to be alive and well, though websites closely associated with him are encountering some difficulties (e.g. the Deen al-Haq forum, the ssjr05.* blog, and the murabiteen forum, to name three).
An examination of online activities by binyamine leads to the conclusion that he is likely involved with Dar al-Murabiteen, and that he links multiple terrorist networks together through his work translating, transcribing, and distributing jihadi media content. He is linked, in no particular order, to
Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan
The Pakistan and Afghan Taliban
as-Sahab, al-Emara, and al-Malahem media outfits
al-Shabaab and their al-Qimmah forum
This is what Granovetter meant by a bridging weak tie - the kind of “weak” tie that is strong, as he links multiple networks. Among other things, all this helps explain why Samir Khan looks to Dar al-Murabiteen for translations when he’s assembling content for Inspire Magazine.
What follows is a sample of the the data I’ve collected that document binyamine’s activities, his connections, his aliases, and his associations.”
Like it Or Not, Inspire Matters: Part 1
Posted on March 26, 2011
26 March 2011
Like it Or Not, Inspire Matters: Part 1
SNIPPET: We ought to be candid, honest and direct about this: Inspire is a problem. Sammy needs to be dealt with.
March 30, 2011
Special Dispatch No.2716
“Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Publishes Fifth Issue of Its English-Language Magazine ‘Inspire’”
SNIPPET: “On the cover of the 70-page issue, which is dated Spring 1431/2011, there is featured an image of planet Earth dropped in water. The cover story is by Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki, and is titled “The Tsunami of Change.” Also noted on the cover is an article by Al-Qaeda deputy commander Ayman Al-Zawahiri, titled “The Short and Long-Term Plans After Protests,” and an interview with AQAP military commander Sheikh Abu Hurairah.”
SNIPPET: “The issue also includes an article by American citizen Samir Khan titled “The Egyptian.””
“Verse, fame and Beauty are intense indeed, But Death intenser - Death is Life’s high meed” (Keats)
“Of War and Miracle: the Poetics, Spirituality and Narratives of Jihad”
by Charles Cameron
March 30, 2011
CRONUS GLOBAL - Category: Inspire Magazine
“MI6 attacks al-Qaeda in ‘Operation Cupcake’
British intelligence has hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.”
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
7:16PM BST 02 Jun 2011
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Hacking Terrorist Websites Commonplace”
by IPT News Jun 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm
SNIPPET: “British intelligence destroyed several pages of al-Qaida’s first edition of Inspire magazine, in one of many instances of Western intelligence sources hacking into jihadi websites, according to Wired.com. However, the issue of disrupting jihadi websites and publications raises questions about the value of cyber attacks, and whether it exposes sensitive intelligence resources.
The case of the al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine illustrates the challenge to intelligence. “The head of the newly formed U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Keith Alexander, argued that blocking the magazine was a legitimate counterterrorism target and would help protect U.S. troops overseas,” the Washington Post reported. “But the CIA pushed back, arguing that it would expose sources and methods and disrupt an important source of intelligence.”
“The proposal also rekindled a long-standing interagency struggle over whether disrupting a terrorist Web site overseas was a traditional military activity or a covert activity and hence the prerogative of the CIA.”
Although the CIA won out and the proposal was rejected, British intelligence was already hacking the magazine. It took nearly two weeks for al-Qaida operatives to release a corrected version. In the political fallout that followed, House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex) included language in the 2012 defense authorization bill which authorized cyber attacks by the military.
Attacks on jihadi websites are nothing new.”
SNIPPET: The story is also told of how US DoD wanted to launch an attack, but CIA claimed rights to it, and then demurred. All this makes a good story. Not sure I believe most of it, but then who am I, really?
stepping back in time...
12 July 2010
“Inspire Magazine, this time it’s for real”
jihadology.net (June 3, 2011)
Al-Qaida Issues New Mail Bombing Threat
June 15, 2011
SNIPPET: The FBI has issued a new warning about an al-Qaida-inspired plot to assassinate key government and private sector individuals with mail bombs.
The plot is only aspirational, says a report reviewed by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. But FBI officials have expressed concern about the actions of lone wolf attackers already in the United States.
The threats follow a June 3 video featuring American al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn in which he encourages acts of individual jihad, members of several extremist Web forums posted names of companies and its leaders to target, the FBI warning said. That video appeared initially on the closed al-Qaida web forum Shumukh al-Islam.
The threat has since gone viral, appearing in major forums like Ansar al-Mujahideen and Somali terrorist site Al-Qimmah.
A translation of the text of the threat by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, taken from the original posting, provides more detail on the planned attacks.
The Idea Determine lists of the names of individual actors in the Zionist-Crusader war on our Ummah [nation], from the directors of companies, supporters of the war, and media organizations that support the false propaganda, and the instigating members of Congress, states Shumukh al-Islam participant Yaman Mukhadab. [There will be] a focus only on the most hostile countries, America, Britain, and France.
The list of names includes President Obama, along with key generals, and senior intelligence officials, as well as private counterterrorism experts like IPT Executive Director Steven Emerson, Daniel Pipes, and Yigal Carmon of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Preacher John Hagee is identified for his outspoken support for Israel, and Coca-Cola is called proud sponsors of the 2003 Iraq invasion.
The addresses of several branches of the RAND Corp., considered to be the devils workshop by members of jihadi forum Ansar al-Mujahideen, also are listed. The RAND Corporation regularly figures into Islamist conspiracies about the Wests War on Islam, because of its reports about strengthening moderate forms of Islam. One should not underestimate the potential negative impact of RANDs push for moderate Islam, notes American cleric Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, because the company is known to have close readership among key American political and military leaders.
Although threats on prominent Americans may not be new, Americas recent rash of strikes on al-Qaida figures has ratcheted up the terrorists need for revenge.
A previous video from Gadahn in March 2010 similarly called for small attacks in the United States, but failed to have any observable significant resonance within the online extremist community, the FBI report noted. However, UBLs death may be creating a wider or more receptive audience for AQ core propaganda messages and be a catalyst for reactions from individuals inspired by the AQ message. The recent killings of prominent al-Qaida leader Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and the reported killing of Ilyas Kashmiri have also elicited calls for revenge.
Notably, the post calls for sending booby-trapped parcels to the residential addresses of dozens of government officials and private individuals.
Al-Qaida has already recommended the use of mail bombs against American targets in the past. $4,200 was the title of November 2010 issue of al-Qaidas Inspire Magazine, highlighting how little it cost for the group to launch major attacks through the mail.
5 posted on June 16, 2011 12:16:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET - quote:
16 June 2011
“Hang on to those copies of Inspire Magazine, folks
Because they may soon become collector’s items:
US boosts Yemen drone strikes amid chaos
Harry M., AKA Isa al-Khattab: cyber shaheed
“At the time of his arrest, islamic-hacker-union.org was hosted on the IP address 22.214.171.124, part of a block of IPs assigned to a Turkish gentleman named Sedef Razi and previously linked to the online activities of German jihadi site Islam Brüderschaft.”
30 March 2011
“Islam Bruederschaft: distributing Inspire Magazine”
SNIPPET: “Keywords: Islam Bruederschaft, Jihad, Turkey, Terrorism, Germany, Arid Uka, Frankfurt, aQAP, Inspire, Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan”
Latest al-Qaida Magazine Touts Gains and Losses
July 19, 2011
SNIPPET: Victories on the battlefield and fresh martyrs underline al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsulas [AQAP] territorial gains, according to the latest issue of its English-language Inspire magazine. Its cover story is called Sadness, Contentment, and Aspiration.
SNIPPET: The magazine addresses Osama bin Ladens death with both lamentations on the loss of a great leader and congratulations for his achieving the goal of martyrdom. But it pledges that his death will have little effect on the future of the organization.
The news brought us a mixed sentiment of sadness, contentment and aspiration, wrote American jihadist Samir Khan, in the magazines cover article.
Sadness because we lost one of the greatest Islamic revolutionaries - if not, the greatest revolutionary - in modern times. Contentment because we knew that he achieved what Prophet Muhammad always yearned for: shahada[martyrdom]. Aspiration because we remembered our Prophets guarantee that jihad will resume till Judgment Day.
His death is also just one in a chain of leaders al-Qaida has lost, Khan wrote.
Living in the States never made me think twice about the path I was undertaking, although many of the mujahidin leaders were killed such as Abu Layth al-Libi, Abu Khabbab al-Masri, Mullah Dadullah, Abu Musab az-Zarqawi and others. For me and all of those who follow the path correctly, jihad is not for the sake of these commanders and leaders; rather its for the sake of Allah.
I am proud to be a traitor to America: U.S. citizen mocks his homeland in Al Qaeda magazine
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 4:13 PM on 12th October 2010
SNIPPET: An American citizen has written about his pride at leaving the U.S. and joining Al Qaeda in Yemen.
In Inspire - an English-language magazine produced by Al Qaeda supporters on the Arabian Peninsula - Samir Khan mocks the U.S. intelligence agencies and pledges his support to the terrorist group.
U.S. officials believe the 24-year-old from from North Carolina is the driving force behind the magazine, which includes articles on conducting attacks and features messages from terrorist leaders
73 posted on July 19, 2011 2:35:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Salafist preacher and Internet activist indicted in Germany”
September 13, 2011
SNIPPET: “Ibrahim Abou-Nagie, a salafi/jihadi preacher very active online, has been indicted in Cologne, Germany. Abou-Nagie, together with Abu Dujana of Bonn, operate as Die Wahre Religion (The True Religion). They are cited in multiple cases including those of the now-deceased Bekkay Harrach, and more recently Robert M. (arrested with an associate attempting to enter Britain whilst in possession of jihadist materials including Inspire magazine), not to mention Arid Uka, the Frankfurt shooter:”
Awlaki is dead and so is Samir Khan.
“Thread: Awlaki is dead...”
30 September 2011 07:13 #1
“Former Charlotte man killed in Yemen drone attack”
Posted: Sep 30, 2011 6:28 AM PDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2011 8:03 AM PDT
SNIPPET: “SANAA, Yemen (WBTV) - A Charlotte man who ran the al-Qaida newsletter from Yemen was killed in a drone attack that also took out a prominent cleric Friday.
Khan, from Charlotte, just published a new issue of al-Qaeda’s online magazine earlier this week. WBTV was the first to report about Khan in 2008 and at the time Khan began criticizing WBTV.
In addition to Khan, the U.S. airstrike Friday also killed American-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Khan, who was 22-years-old in 2008, was of Pakistani heritage from Charlotte who produced “Inspire,” an English-language Web magazine which spread al-Qaida ideology and promoted attacks against U.S. targets, even running articles on how to put together explosives.
Khan was living in Yemen and his main article in the latest issue dealt with American media.
In an earlier issue, Khan wrote that he had moved to Yemen and joined al-Qaida’s fighters, pledging to “wage jihad for the rest of our lives.””
SNIPPET - quote:
Breaking News: Awlaki, Samir Khan Reportedly Dead
September 30, 2011
American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday by a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, administration officials say.
Awlaki, 40, was among the terrorist group’s most charismatic figures, expanding al-Qaida’s violent theology to a new pool of potential recruits by speaking and writing in English. He also was tied to a series of attacks, including the Fort Hood massacre and the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009. An Associated Press dispatch calls the strike “the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida’s leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.”
He was the most visible figure in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, an al-Qaida affiliate considered the most dangerous and capable of carrying out terrorist attacks.
“Yemen claims AQAP cleric Anwar al Awlaki ‘killed’ in airstrike”
By BILL ROGGIO
September 30, 2011
“Yemeni jihadi claims Anwar al Awlaki, Samir Khar killed in US strike”
By BILL ROGGIO
September 30, 2011 1:32 PM
SNIPPET: “A poster at the al Qaeda-linked al-Fida’ forum who claims to be a Yemeni jihadi stated that American jihadists Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan, the editor of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine, were indeed killed.”
September 30, 2011
American Traitor Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in Yemen!
Upd: SAMIR KHAN, Threatened Rusty’s Family, Dead!
Obama Confirms, Awlaki DEAD
Now with More Cowbell, M.C. Hammer
Online Jihadis Confirm: Samir Khan Dead!”
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News - Exclusive: "THE INSIDE STORY BEHIND THE AWLAKI ASSASSINATION" (SNIPPET: "SNIPPET: "U.S. intelligence officials, aware of other planned attacks, had arrested several Muslim American converts who returned here after "studying" in the Sudan. Most of their time was spent on terrorist training and learning from Awlaki and his advisors about the precepts of jihad and Islam. Intelligence officials believe that "hundreds" of American and European converts to Islam, along with other indigenous Muslims from Islamic countries, have trained with Awlaki, making many of them "ticking time bombs."" SNIPPET: "Intelligence gathered last year from Yemeni authorities and from debriefings with several American converts who returned to the United States after training with Awlaki, helped narrow Awlaki's location to a 100 square mile area." SNIPPET: "For example, he had an ex-wife living in Ireland..." SNIPPET: "Although the Yemen central government claims that it was in charge of the operation, the reality is that the United States acted independently.") (September 30, 2011)
WBTV.com: Sanaa, Yemen: "FORMER CHARLOTTE MAN KILLED IN YEMEN DRONE ATTACK" (SNIPPET: "In an earlier issue, Khan wrote that he had moved to Yemen and joined al-Qaida's fighters, pledging to "wage jihad for the rest of our lives."") (Updated September 30, 2011, 8:03 am PDT)
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix - blog: "YEMENI JIHADI CLAIMS ANWAR AL AWLAKI SAMIR KHAN KILLED IN U.S. STRIKE" by Bill Roggio (SNIPPET: "A poster at the al Qaeda-linked al-Fida' forum who claims to be a Yemeni jihadi stated that American jihadists Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, the editor of an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine, were indeed killed.") (September 30, 2011, 1:32 pm)