Al-Qaeda publishes ‘shopping list’ for future attacks
Al-Qaeda has allegedly published a nine-page manual on how to make homemade car bombs, the Telegraph reported Friday.
In the manual, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) reportedly also encouraged followers to bomb British targets including the Sandhurst military academy, MI5 headquarters and high-profile department stores.
The terrorist group, with whom the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was affiliated with until 2013, also suggested terror targets in the UK and the U.S. in its English-language magazine.
“My Muslim brother: we are conveying to you our military training right into your kitchen to relieve you of the difficulty of travelling to us,” it addressed its followers, according to the the Telegraph.
“If you are sincere in your intentions to serve the religion of Allah, then all what you have to do is enter your kitchen and make an explosive device that would damage the enemy if you put your trust in Allah and then use this explosive device properly,” the manual reportedly read.
AQAP called upon their followers to target the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Thames House in London and department stores during Friday prayers, to avoid harming Muslims.
The manual also addressed individuals operating on their own to execute these terror attacks, suggesting targets like Times Square in New York City, nightclubs in Las Vegas in addition oil tankers and crowded train stations
It also advised to target different places around the world where Americans, Britons, and Israelis usually vacation.
A timeline in the article of al-Qaeda’s attacks showed the 9/11 and Boston Marathon bombings.
At the end of the timeline there was an empty slot, marked ‘201?’ which the Telegraph said implied an imminent potential attack on foreign soil.
AQAP also praised the “Boston bomber brothers” Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Steve Stalinsky, whose organization Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) monitors the online and media activity of Islamist militant groups and reported the release of the manual, said: “Both AQAP and ISIS, as well as every other al-Qaeda branch and offshoot is relying on U.S. social media companies including Twitter and YouTube for their cyber-Jihad efforts.
“There could be some envy by AQAP that ISIS is now getting all the headlines,”Stalinsky told the Telegraph.