AQAP Calls for Car Bombs in the US and the West, Lists Specific Targets
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new English-language publication inciting for car bombs and provided a list of Western targets for jihadists to attack. The publication, entitled "Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience" and posted on Twitter on August 16, 2014, contains Gaza-related articles from previous issues of AQAP's "Inspire Magazine" and speeches from al-Qaeda (AQ) leaders inspiring lone-wolf attacks against U.S. and global interests.
The magazine features an article titled "Car Bombs Inside America," which incites for "Iraqi Style car bombs" that are "prepared by lone Mujahid in the US." Originally published in the twelfth issue of "Inspire Magazine," the article serves as a manual for creating a bomb with a newly added section, titled "Examples of Targets," for lone-wolf attackers.
The section is divided into three categories designated to America, Britain, and the global community. And while it includes typical examples like casinos and Times Square in New York City, it also includes newer, more specific American targets such as Georgia Military College, United States Air Force Academy, and the General Atomics headquarters in San Diego, CA. British targets include Marks and Spencer stores, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Thames House while global targets were pointed out as "Israeli, British and American companies" and "Tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Americans stay."
The article also featured a quote attributed to Faisal Shahzad, the terrorist confessing to the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010. In the statemnet, Shahzad talked down the approach of anti-Western peaceful protesting, stating, "You would have to agree to the fact that there's a force out there that's fighting the West, and is defeating them."
Following is a copy of the "Examples of Targets" section.
My Muslim brother, before you start reading the instructions, remember that this type of operation if prepared well and an appropiate target is chosen and Allah decrees success for you, history will never forget it. It will be recorded as a crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam.
Examples of targets:
• Times Square
• Casinos and Night Clubs in Las Vegas
• Oil tankers and trains
• Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia
• United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs
• General Atomics HQ , San Diego, California, U.S.
• Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - Camberley
• Marks and Spencer stores - during Friday prayers
(Muslims will be praying)
• Thames House, London
• Israeli, British and American companies
• Tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Americans stay