UK terror team inspired by Al Qaeda

  • The Washinton Post, Hindustan Times, London
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  • Updated: Dec 31, 2010 01:10 IST

Nine men arrested in Britain on terrorism charges last week found inspiration and bomb-making instructions in an English-language Internet magazine published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, British investigators reportedly said.

The revelation, relayed by British newspapers, provided the first purported link between the nine British-based suspects, some of Bangladeshi origin, and an anti-Western terrorism campaign being waged by Yemen-based jihadists of Yemeni, Saudi, US and other nationalities under the aegis of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The group's outreach magazine, Inspire, published a first issue in July, including the article "Making a bomb in the kitchen of your mom," and has come out with two issues since then.

All three were written in easily accessible English, as opposed to the heavily theological Arabic-language screeds of other jihadist sites, according to Mathieu Guidere, a terrorism specialist who teaches at the University of Geneva and concentrates on monitoring Islamic websites.

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