May 2, 2012 Special Dispatch No. 4691

Anwar Al-'Awlaki in Inspire VIII: Targeting Non-Muslim Civilians Is Justified; Targeting U.S. with Explosives Is 'among the Greatest Deeds a Muslim Can Worship Allah with in Our Day and Time'

May 2, 2012
Special Dispatch No. 4691

In an article titled "Targeting the Populations of Countries that Are at War with the Muslims" in Issue VIII of Inspire, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) English-language magazine, late U.S.-Yemeni jihadi Anwar Al-'Awlaki justified the targeting of non-combatant populations (i.e. women and children) in countries at war with Muslims, including with chemical and biological weapons. Inspire previously announced AQAP's intention to hold a Q&A video session with Al-'Awlaki and invited Muslims to submit questions addressed to him. In light of his demise, the article comes to address a question common among these queries....

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