Al Qaeda In Yemen Gives Tutorial: How to Kill Americans – Especially in DC

Posted on October 12, 2010

I would have thought that taking an overweight office worker in DC  for a  Whopper would be first on the list of how to easily kill an  American but I guess not.  It seems that Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula operating out of Yemen has given the world a kind of handbook as it were on how it can most effectively be done to achieve the maximum deaths.

Al-Qaeda magazine published ‘tips on how to kill Americans’

A magazine run by the Yemeni group al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula has published a list of tips on how to kill Americans.

Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Oct 2010

Al-Qaeda magazine published 'tips on how to kill Americans'  

Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at a desert camp in Yemen Photo: AP

“A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch … might end up knocking out a few government employees,” one article reads, according to the private SITE Intelligence Group, which studies, tracks and analyses the global jihadist network and terrorism financing.

The edition also includes “The Ultimate Mowing Machine,” which describes how to use a pickup truck “as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah.” It says “to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run.”

The magazine includes two articles by renegade US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is on a US government kill-or-capture list for his alleged roles in the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, and inspiring the Fort Hood shooting of 13 troops. Army Major Nidal Hassan has been charged in the killings.

There’s also an article by the so-called American al-Qaeda, Adam Gadahn.

Another American, Samir Khan, describes how he went from online jihadist in North Carolina to full-time terrorist in Yemen. The article is entitled, “I Am Proud to be a Traitor to America.”

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has taken root in Yemen’s remote and mountainous Shabwa province, far from the reach of the country’s weak central government.

The group rose toward the top of the security agenda of the United States and other world powers after it was linked to the failed Christmas Day attempt to down a Detroit-bound US airliner. The would-be bomber had explosives sewn into his underwear.

The magazine’s content reveals the group’s evolving strategy of rejecting easier-to-stop spectacular attacks in favour of one-man operations, using everyday objects.

That shows the organisation is “increasingly agile, lethal and opportunistic,” according to Yemeni scholar Christopher Boucek from the Carnegie Endowment.

The first edition included an article called “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

In the introduction to the latest magazine, the editors boast of “recent US assessments” that declared al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula “one of the most dangerous branches of al-Qaeda.” It concludes, “You haven’t seen anything yet.” [Telegraph. UK]

Is a chapter missing – the one that instructs you to make a bomb in your mother’s kitchen and then leave it in a cemetery for pickup?  Well someone had the bright idea to leave a bomb for a contact an an East Village Manhattan cemetery.  It is unknown how long it was there (no detonator) but it is not an explosive easily obtained (C4).

The cemetery contains the remains of some important early New Yorkers, including Stephen Allen, a mayor in the 1820s who died in the 1852 Henry Clay Steamboat disaster; Preserved Fish, a merchant and shipper; six members of the Roosevelt family; and the Kips, for whom Kip’s Bay is named. It is not related to the New York Marble Cemetery, located nearby across Second Avenue.

Realistically, the end for any of us can come at any time as when a car jumps the road bed and slams into the sidewalk cafe where we are having lunch.  This is a big country.  Al Qaeda will need lots of luck but they are getting smarter.  They are bringing the  war to the homeland on a scale that is viable to implement daily. [cityroom.blogs.New York Times]

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