An online magazine published by Al-Qaeda’s main affiliate urges stabbing attacks on Americans, following the wave of incidents in Israel. It also says damage to US economy could be inflicted via killings of businessmen and entrepreneurs in their homes.
The article titled ‘O Knife Revolution, Head Towards America’ published Saturday in the Inspire magazine invites “zealous Muslims in America who clearly see their Muslim brothers in Palestine being tortured” to carry out terrorist attacks on the American soil, as quoted by Vocativ.
The magazine says it is the “duty” of each Muslim to “spread this revolt to the throats of Americans in their very own homes.”
Israel has seen a surge in street violence since October with ‘stabbing attacks’ claiming 28 lives. At the same time, security forces killed 133 Palestinians who they said were assailants, according to Reuters.
The article also calls for “professional assassinations” and “home assassinations” of renowned American businessmen and entrepreneurs. The May issue includes a collage of Microsoft founder Bill Gates as one such high-value target, the Washington Times reports.
Inspire is an Islamist online recruitment tool published by group’s main affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The magazine assigns itself as the first English-language Al-Qaeda magazine.
“The Prophet ordered the killing of many criminal leaders using this method … And here we are, following the footsteps of the prophet on how he dealt with his enemies and friends,” Inspire’s Editor Yahya Ibrahim wrote as quoted by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Ibrahim says that Islamists are “determined” to keep fighting and pursue America “in its homeland,” striking Americans with operations conducted by “organized jihadi groups and by Lone Jihad.”
The May issue calls for continuation of the bloody chain of the most notorious terror acts worldwide, mentioning 9/11, Boston Marathon bombing, and other capitals and locations that suffered from terror attacks, namely “Madrid, Bali, London and Paris.”
This appeal differs from the targeting announced by another Sunni terrorist group, Islamic State, which had earlier called for assassination of the American military personnel, notes the Washington Times. IS publishes its own English-language online magazine called Dabiq.