Al-Qaeda urges 'lone wolves' to target US

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In the latest issue of its English-language magazine, al-Qaeda praises the September New York and New Jersey bombings, as well as the September Minnesota mall attack. It also instructs would-be American "lone wolves" how to make "successful pressure cooker bombs" and other explosives.

The publication, which is the 16th issue of al-Qaeda's online magazine Inspire, is dedicated to the incidents that took place across three states on September 17. It was produced and published by al-Qaeda's branch in the Arabian Peninsula (known as AQAP) and distributed on social media, where Vocativ uncovered it late Saturday.

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The issue opens with an "editor's letter" declaring, "In this year, 2016, America went on to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 events... In 9/17 America shook once more, and the security organs became confused leaving America to live another day of terror and alertness. Once again the sounds of the explosions shook Manhattan."

The opening article analyzes continues with a celebration and analysis ofthe attacks, aiming to draw lessons for future attacks and explaining to its readers how to build pressure cookers bombs like the ones planted in September in New York City.The article also explains how to choose the ideal place and day of the week to carry out an attack, as well as how to hide from authorities.

Referring to the New York and New Jersey bombings and the Minnesota mall stabbing, the magazine says, "These operations attained their goal but in different proportions, and the synchronization of the operation made them realize an exceptional success. Thus once again reviving fear and terror at a time when successive American administrations lie to their people, convincing them that they have crushed 'terrorist' groups and disrupted their capabilities and therefore the American citizens live in a peace, safe and stable life."

"To our brothers, the heroes of Lone Jihad, we urge you to target America," it says. "You can see how America gets exhausted by a single operation and how a single operation by a Lone Mujahid hero can cost America its prestige and security."

On Thursday, Ahmad Rahami—a 28-year-old of Afghan descent charged with planting two homemade bombs in New York City and setting off another explosive along the course of a charity race by the New Jersey shore in September— made his first appearance in court. A blood-soaked notebook found in his possession during his arrest showed he was inspired by ISIS and al-Qaeda.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image taken from video, released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
An image of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in a a poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on September 19, 2016. FBI/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
An image of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in a a poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on September 19, 2016. FBI/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, is seen in this image taken from video, released by the New Jersey State Police on September 19, 2016. Courtesy New Jersey State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Policemen place in an ambulance a man they identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, in Linden, New Jersey, in this still image taken from video September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Genaro
A policeman takes a photo of a man they identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion in New York City, as he is placed into an ambulance in Linden, New Jersey, in this still image taken from video September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Genaro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. (Moshe Weiss via AP)
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ISIS also claimed it had a part in the Minnesota stabbing attack.A day after the incident, it claimed responsibility and called the attacker "a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls to target nationals of the Crusader coalition." He was fatally shot after injuring ten people in the stabbing.

The post Al-Qaeda Urges 'Lone Wolves' To Target U.S. appeared first on Vocativ.

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