November 20, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 3391

AQAP Releases Special Issue of 'Inspire' Magazine 'Operation Hemorrhage' - Dedicated Entirely To Explosive Parcels Plot

November 20, 2010
Special Dispatch No. 3391

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On November 20, 2010, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a special edition of its English-language magazine Inspire titled '$4,200' the total amount spent on the operation. Unlike the previous editions of "Inspire" this issue does not contain any contribution from Anwar Al-Awlaki nor does it mention him at all.

This edition consists of 23 pages that are entirely dedicated to the recent parcel plot.

The magazine was first posted on the main Jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam. It was produced by al-Malahem media, the media wing of the AQAP.

Among the topics presented is the objectives of 'Operation Hemorrhage' (i.e. parcel plot):

-General details and objectives of the operation [which the magazine says was to cause economic damage to the United States]

-Technical details of the devices used [as well as a review of equipment in airport security which they have overcome]

-Economic leverage the AQAP believes it has gained over West

-Religious objectives of the attack

The magazine also includes "exclusive" images of the contents of the packages [i.e. printer, book].

The magazine also claims that AQAP was behind the incident of the UPS airplane in Dubai on September 3, 2010 and that the United States hid AQAP's responsibility.

The release includes a list of prisoners of Al-Qaeda in the West. The magazine offers a way to communicate with AQAP.

More research from the magazine will be released in the coming day by MEMRI. ...

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