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As the U.S. struggles to manage its efforts to influence opinion about Al Qaeda abroad, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has produced its first English-language propaganda magazine. It's called "Inspire," and you can read parts of it below. A U.S. official said early this morning that the magazine appears to be authentic.
The copy was obtained from a private researcher. AQAP had advertised for days that the magazine would appear with the interviews specified in the table of contents. It is possible, although not likely, that the magazine is a fabrication, a production of a Western intelligence agency that wants to undermine Al Qaeda by eroding confidence in its production and distribution networks. The U.S. is engaged in direct net-based warfare with jihadis; this sort of operation would not be too difficult to pull off
Originally posted by duality90
reply to post by nagabonar
At the risk of alienating myself enormously, I don't necessarily think that describing all members of Al-Qaida as raving lunatics is either helpful, nor true. In order to defeat Al-Qaida and the islamic fundamentalism that has given rise to such militancy, it is integral for the West to understand that the upper echelons of such organizations are composed of men who are both intelligent and articulate. Their rhetoric and propaganda do them no favors as it preaches largely to their unintelligent grassroots supporters, but we would do well to recognize that these are not people with mental deficiencies who are mad like Charlie Manson. If we would look to the cause and root of such militancy, we may stand a far better chance at defeating the enemy than we do at present.
Originally posted by soleprobe
That must have been easy to do... I mean for once the CIA didn't have to rely on their Arabic translator.