Radicalized U.S. Citizen Writing Al-Qaeda’s Inspire Mag From Yemen
July 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Samir Khan, 23, an American citizen born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Queens, NY and Charlotte, North Carolina, since he was 7, is the face of home-grown Islamic terrorism. Khan, began writing extremist Islamic blogs from his parent’s basement, after adopting a radicalized version of his Muslim faith while attending a summer camp at a mosque as a teen, sponsored by the Islamic Organization of North America and later attending Islamic Thinkers Society meetings. In October, Khan traveled to Yemen, where he remains. And CNN is reporting that Khan is thought to be behind the recent appearance of an online al-Qaeda magazine, named Inspire, written in English to recruit American-based Muslims.
“The source has identified the driving force behind “Inspire” as 23-year-old Samir Khan, who previously lived in North Carolina and was involved in radical Islamist blogs, including one he ran called “Jihad Recollections.” The source says Khan traveled to Yemen on a round-trip ticket but has not come back to the United States.” [...]
“Khan’s online name was inshaAllhashaheed (Arabic for “God willing a martyr”). On his various blogs he distributed English translations of al Qaeda propaganda and links to videos produced by Iraqi insurgent groups and others. In a profile in 2007, the New York Times described him as “a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups.”
Inspire was promoted on Jihadist websites with the chilling headline, “May Our Souls be Sacrificed for You.” And the online magazine included such articles, as “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” and “How to use Asrar Al-Mujahadeen – sending and receiving encrypted messages.”
Inspire also promoted an interview with American-born cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, “whom has been linked to the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of an airliner bound for Detroit, The failed Times Square car bombing, the Fort Hood shooter and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.”
Inspire originates from the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen branch of al-Qaeda linked to al-Awlaki and now apparently, Samir Khan.