Despite a Humour Section, al Qaeda's Glossy Magazine Not as "Good" as It Once Was

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Sun, May 6th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating, al Qaeda's English-language magazine Inspire -- thought to be defunct after "the September 2011 drone attacks that killed [contributor] Anwar al-Awlaki and [editor] Samir Khan in Yemen" -- is back eager to provide its readers with bomb making tactics, suggestions for killing civilians and even a humour section.

There are some new features, including a quiz in the table of contents. A help-wanted notice suggests the magazine is looking for web help, researchers, translators, and "sisters who can write on women-related issues." There's also a long feature on the Pakistani army and its "role in the crusades." The regular humor feature, the Mad Magazine-esque "A Cold Diss," mocks the late Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi and refers to the famous "Zenga Zenga" YouTube video. (They're presumably aware it was made by an Israeli.) The instructional "open-source jihad" feature gives some helpful hints on handgun training.

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