Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Publishes Fifth Issue of Its English-Language Magazine ‘Inspire’

March 29, 2011

Note to media and government: For a full copy of this issue of “Inspire,” send an email with “Inspire 5” in the subject line to [email protected].

On March 29, 2011, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) media wing Al-Malahem released the fifth issue of the English-language jihadist magazine “Inspire.”

On the cover of the 70-page issue, which is dated Spring 1431/2011, there is featured an image of planet Earth dropped in water. The cover story is by Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki, and is titled “The Tsunami of Change.” Also noted on the cover is an article by Al-Qaeda deputy commander Ayman Al-Zawahiri, titled “The Short and Long-Term Plans After Protests,” and an interview with AQAP military commander Sheikh Abu Hurairah.

Inside, the content includes two articles by Ayman Al-Zawahiri; the first is the article noted on the cover page, titled “The Short and Long-Term Plans After Protests.” This article appears to be taken from a previous Al-Qaeda publication from 2007 titled “The Advice of One Concerned.” The second article by Al-Zawahiri is titled “The Overlooked Backdrop,” and was taken from Al-Zawahiri’s third “Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to Our People in Egypt,” which was published in early March this year.

The issue also includes an article by American citizen Samir Khan titled “The Egyptian.”  Also in this issue are installments in serials from previous “Inspire” issues, among them “What to Expect in Jihad (4)” by Mukhtar Hassan, and “Individual Terrorism Jihad” by Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri.  The “Open Source Jihad” section of the magazine includes the article “Training with the AK2.”

An overarching theme throughout this issue of “Inspire,” similar to previous issues of the magazine, is outreach. This time, the outreach is exemplified by an invitation to send one’s questions to Anwar Al-Awlaki, while adding that AQAP “will hold an exclusive video interview with the Sheikh [Al-Awlaki] where he will answer your questions.”

MEMRI will be releasing reports with additional information about this issue of Inspire over the coming day.