tisdag, juni 26, 2012

Skogsbränder Al Qaedas nya strategi

Al Qaedas tidskrift Inspire fortsätter
att utkomma trots att de ursprungliga
Nummer 9 handlar om "pyroterrorism",
d v s terrorism genom att anlägga 
stora bränder. Den kraftiga ökningen
av antalet skogsbränder i Sydeuropa
och Nordamerika de senaste åren har
misstänkts hänga samman med terror-
aktioner. Direkta bevis på att skogs-
bränder använts som terrormetod
finns hittills bara från Israel.
Artikeln ger inget svar på frågan om
skogsbränder redan använts av Al
Qaeda på fler ställen, men alla islamister
uppmanas använda sig av "pyroterrorism"
för att vålla fienden (=Västerlandet)
stora ekonomiska och ekologiska
The men who launched al Qaeda's
English-language magazine "Inspire"
magazine continue to promote jihadi
attacks on Western targets, offering
detailed advice on how to start huge
forest fires in America with timed
explosives and how to build remote-
controlled bombs.
Although the two Muslim terrorists who
launched the Jihadist magazine Inspire
were killed in a U.S. airstrike last fall,
the magazine continues to promote
terrorism against America with its recent
release of issue nine of using fire as a
In the magazine, a writer who goes by
the name The AQChef said, "In America,
there are more houses built in the country-
side than in the cities. It is difficult to
choose a better place than in the valleys
of Montana."
Although the mainstream media has
reporting has been spotty on this story,
it has caught the eye of the Department
of Homeland Security who wrote up an
unclassified report, that is posted on the
web, on May 31, 2012, which was not
publicly available, until now that outlines
the threats posed by Al Qaeda terrorists
and cells sympathetic to their cause in Al
Qaeda's latest issues of their online maga-
zine that is only available in Jihadist sites.
Statements in the report said that “for at
least a decade, international terrorist
groups and associated individuals have
expressed interest in using fire as a tactic
against the Homeland to cause economic
loss, fear, resource depletion, and humani-
tarian hardship. There is no evidence that
international terrorist groups and inspired
individuals are responsible for any purpose-
ful destruction of public or private property
by setting wildfires in the United States.
Using fire as a weapon, however, is in-
expensive and requires limited technical
expertise, giving it a strong advantage over
other methods of attack.
Statements advocating this tactic are most
often found on violent extremist Web forums
and in violent extremist propaganda.”
The report also stated that the ninth issue
of Inspire—“AQAP’s English-language maga-
zine published on 2 May 2012 as the winter
2012 edition—advocates setting wildfires in
the United States to create economic hard-
ship and cause the loss of life of firefighters,
the destruction of property and buildings,
and general psychological distress.
The first issue of Inspire, which AQAP re-
leased in summer 2010, also briefly made
reference to setting fires as a tactic.
We have no indications AQAP or un-
affiliated violent extremists are planning
to act upon the suggestions contained
in Inspire.”
The report also went on to say that on
 February 6, 2012, a purported violent
extremist posted a message entitled
“The Top 100 Targets in the United
States” that noted “pyro-terrorism is
perhaps the greatest threat America
has ever faced,” as perpetrators run a
low risk of detection and the posting
urges “pyro-terrorists” to start forest
and grass fires randomly to cause eco-
nomic damage.
While wildfires are presently raging in
western states, the Denver Field Office
of the FBI last month warned the Colorado
and Wyoming law enforcement agencies of
the potential threat that jihadists could
start wildfires as a form of terrorist attack
as a result of the article in the winter issue
of Inspire, a jihadist webzine produced by
al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
As of now, there have been no indications
that the fires in the western part of the U.S.
have been started by terrorists.
Although the “Inspire” magazine had lain
dormant for a while, it was recently
resurrected in 2010, according the Anti-
Defamation League (ADL).
However, issues eight and nine caught
the attention of the seriousness of what
Al Qaeda may be up to.
In a startling statement, the editorial in
the magazine stated:
“To the disappointment of our enemies,
we are still publishing America's worst