Online al-Qaida magazine lists Air Force Academy as target

U.S. Air Force cadets march to lunch at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30, 2012. According to a report on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, on online al-Qaida-linked magazine listed the academy as a potential target for jihad.


By LISA WALTON | The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette (MCT) | Published: August 29, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An English-language al-Qaeda magazine promoting jihadism and “lone-wolf” terrorists attacks lists the United States Air Force Academy as a potential terrorism target.

The online magazine, produced by al-Malahem, al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula media division, also calls for the liberation of Palestine and lists other U.S. targets, including casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, Times Square, and the General Atomics Headquarters in San Diego. Foreign targets include the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, and the London Thames House, along with “tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Ameri-cans stay.”

Although Air Force Academy officials would not discuss details about the university’s security measures, they released a statement Thursday night in response to reports of the publication:

“We are aware that the Air Force Academy is mentioned in a recent online publication. We remain vigilant and maintain all the appropriate protocols of a military installation to include force protection and being cognizant of existing and emerging threats. Our primary concern is always the security and the safety of the cadets, our personnel and the thousands of visitors who come to USAFA every year.”

The 40-plus page magazine distributed as a PDF contains photos of injured children, a timeline of “Jihadi Operations from 1980 to 2010,” a shopping list and step-by-step instructions for creating bombs.

The publication also draws comparisons between Israeli bombs dropped in Gaza “funded by American taxpayers” and the pressure cooker bombs that killed three and injured at least 264 people at the Boston Marathon in April 2013.

In the introduction, the magazine reads that the “statements, views, and strategies expressed herein are those in line with September 11, Mohammed Merah Operation,the Brussels museum shooting and the Boston bombings.”

According to various media reports, the publication is a spinoff of the AQAP’s Inspire magazine, and was released on Twitter on Aug. 16.

©2014 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
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