Saturday, July 17, 2010
An online magazine published by people allegedly associated with al-Qaeda has presented a hitlist which mentions Dutch MP Geert Wilders and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The English-language Inspire magazine appears to be targeting radical Muslims in Europe and North America.
Analysts agree that the Inspire magazine was published under the auspices of AQAP, al-Qaeda's branch in the Arabian Peninsula. The brains behind the sleekly designed online magazine is assumed to be Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda chief in Yemen. He was also held responsible for the failed bomb attack on an Amsterdam-Detroit flight in 2009.
Mr Wilders said he is shocked by the death threat. "Being on an al-Qaeda leaflet pointing a gun at you is not something you can shrug off lightly. This is terrible." The magazine's hitlist also mentions Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and the author Salman Rushdie.
Messages from Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri are also included in the pages of Inspire. Their authenticity could not be verified.
The picture below is taken from the pdf file of the magazine. Earlier versions were riddled with computer viruses and unreadable because of character errors.
In the picture, Geert Wilders' given name is misspelt as "Girt".
Posted by Cole at 3:54 PM