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Latest issue of al Qaeda magazine Inspire celebrates Boston bombings

Excerpts of the 11th issue of Inspire magazine, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's propaganda rag, has leaked to the web, and focus extensively on the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon. 

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors jihadi web forums, the latest issue leaked when Yemeni journalist Abd al-Razzaq Al-Jamal posted excerpts of the issue to his Facebook page. The images of the issue were provded to The Cable by MEMRI.

The above image is a composite of the bloody scene of the Boston bombing and an image of AQAP's military commander Qassem al-Rimi. It reads:

O American people, your security will not be attained by denying security to other peoples, attacking them or oppressing them. Your security is in the hands of the fools among you who rule you with oppression and aggression. Know that oppression and aggression come back upon the heads of those who use them...

According to MEMRI, "Al-Rimi also threatens the American people that the Boston bombings, the poisoned letters sent to the White House and two U.S. senators, and other events - regardless of who is behind them - ‘prove that your security has lapsed and that the attacks against you are taking a course that nobody can control... [So] save yourselves if you care for your own skin.'" 

Unusually, the issue still appears in Arabic. As readers know, the notoriety of Inspire, once dubbed the "Vanity Fair of terrorism" is largely due to its wide availability in English. The online magazine gained new prominence after the Boston bombings when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that he and his brother Tamerlan read the periodical's instructions on building bombs prior to the attack, according to law enforcement officials speaking to NBC News. On two separate occasions, the magazine published articles on bomb building using kitchen pressure cookers, the type of weapon used in the attack.

Update: The entire issue is now available online. See below: 

Inspire 11 : Al Qaeda's propaganda magazine


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State Department foursome fills Robert Einhorn vacuum

If you wear many hats, it's going to take many heads to replace you.

That's the dynamic playing out at the State Department with the departure of Robert Einhorn, the  special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control, who is joining the think tank world as senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The diplomat's dizzying array of responsibilities included everything from advising the secretary of state to coordinating the implementation of sanctions on Iran, Syria, and North Korea to negotiating with South Korea on a successor civilian nuclear cooperation agreement.

A State Department official tells The Cable that Einhorn's position will be dissolved, which will bring greater responsibility to a number of high-ranking diplomats -- four in particular.

On the South Korea side of things, where Einhorn handled the two-year extension of the country's bilateral civil nuclear agreement with the United States, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman will take over. On sanctions, Ambassador Dan Fried has added Einhorn's portfolio to the broad array of U.S.-sanctioned countries he's already in charge of as State's sanctions coordinator. On Iran, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who was already leading the diplomacy related to Iran, will play an even larger role making policy toward the country. Many of these duties, of course, fall under the umbrella of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, a post that continues to be filled on an acting basis by Rose Gottemoeller, a nonproliferation whiz with a lot of expertise on Russia issues.

"It's an all hands on deck sort of thing," the State Department official told The Cable, adding that Gottemoeller and company had "long-planned" to take over for Einhorn.

When asked if Einhorn's absence might set back the Obama administration's nonproliferation goals, given his vast role, Gary Samore, a longtime nonproliferation expert at Harvard, dismissed the idea. "That's ridiculous," he said. "Bob is an exceptional talent, but one person leaving the government is not going to result in arms control nonproliferation being adrift. That depends more on the president."