Al Qaeda's Inspire Magazine Praises Boston Bombings, Takes Credit For Inspiring Suspects

Al Qaeda's most recent issue of its propagandist magazine, Inspire, focuses almost exclusively on the Boston Marathon bombings, celebrating the suspects and taking credit for providing inspiration for the attack that killed three and wounded hundreds more.

Referring to the events as the "Blessed Boston Bombings (BBB)," the magazine's many writers depict the "success" of the April 15 attacks throughout the publication's 40 pages.

The magazine opens with a letter from Jonas The Rebel, who details the goals of "Muslim youth" and praises the "Lone Jihad operation" allegedly performed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"When one reflects on the Boston events, his attention is drawn to the tumult made by the fact that the Tsarnaev brothers were Muslims. To Americans, your belongingness to Islam is enough to classify you as an enemy. As a matter of fact, they look at us as Muslim youth regardless of our appearance and education. They do not consider our citizenship and the childhood we spent in their neighborhoods," he writes. "The Boston Bombings have uncovered the capabilities of the Muslim youth, they have revealed the power of a Lone Jihad operation."

In an article entitled "Inspired by Inspire," writer Yaya Ibrahim states the magazine inspired the suspects to allegedly commit such acts. He credits "the contents of the magazine as a whole" and the instructions it provided for building bombs.

Surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly told officials that he and his brother followed instructions from the magazine, according to NBC News. However, the outlet also states that a government document, "notes while the elements of the Boston bombs 'use similar components to those described in several issues of 'Inspire,' they also diverge from the 'Inspire' designs, with different triggers and power sources."

The magazine first surfaced in 2010 and is now on its 11th issue. Called the "Vanity Fair of terrorism," Inspire includes information on jihadist training camps, bomb-making and propagandist literature, among other things.

Its founder is American-born Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in a United States drone attack in Yemen in September 2011. He grew to be one of al Qaeda's senior operatives in its Yemeni branch.



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