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Al-Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ To Target U.S.

In the latest issue of its English-language magazine, al-Qaeda praises the September Minnesota mall attack and N.Y. and N.J. bombings

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Officers near the site where Rahimi was taken into custody. — REUTERS
Nov 13, 2016 at 9:51 AM ET

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 of the 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.

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.