Thursday, September 10, 2015
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the 14th issue of its English magazine, “Inspire,” with a thematic focus on “Assassination Operations.” An article titled “Assassinations – Field Tactics” provided a list of assassination targets selected to “bring instability to the American economy.”
The targets included American “economic personalities” Ben Bernanke and James Shiller, as well as “wealthy entrepreneurs and company owners,” which included Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oracle CEO Lawrence Joseph, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Michael Bloomberg.
The 88-page issue was released on September 9, 2015 in both English and Arabic to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary. Al-Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine was first published in the United States by Samir Khan, a naturalized citizen then living with his parents in Charlotte North Carolina.
Many of the articles in this issue touted the Charlie Hebdo attack, which was relevantly claimed by AQAP on January 14, 2015. Attackers Cherif and Said Kouachi, to that point, were frequently referred to as examples by which to perform an attack. The magazine also attempted to exploit racial issues in America with one article, which urged African Americans to assassinate “racist politicians.” The editor of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine targeted in Tuesday’s terror attack in paris that left 12 dead, was on a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” list published in the English-language al-Qaeda magazine Inspire.
Perhaps speaking to the Inspire issue’s theme more than any of the other articles was “Assassination Operations.” The guide, attributed to “The External Operation Team,” broke down the processes of selecting targets and suggested that prospective attackers reference the aforementioned “Assassinations – Field Tactics” article when doing so.
The article also specified variables to prepare for in an assassination operation, such as “the number of guards” on duty at a target’s workplace, and which kind of methods different weapons facilitate.
Sunday March 8th, 2015 McClatchy DC WASHINGTON — A North Carolina blogger who became a major propagandist for al Qaida before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, was a subject of close FBI surveillance for years and a much bigger concern for U.S. authorities than previously known, according to records obtained by McClatchy. Samir Khan, 25, was a big enough worry while he lived in Charlotte, N.C., that before he disappeared in 2009, federal agents asked the FBI’s special forces unit, Hostage Rescue Team, to help with a likely arrest, the files show.
There appears to be no question that the FBI wanted to arrest Khan (or kill him), but didn’t have the evidence to do so. “The primary goal of this investigation is to determine if Khan is influencing/did influence anyone to commit or attempt to commit an act of terror,” reads an Oct. 2, 2008, FBI report. “A secondary goal is to determine if Khan is being directed by a higher authority/authorities to do so.” An opportunity seemed to arrive late in 2008 when authorities learned that Khan had been communicating with Awlaki, a top FBI target.
On Jan. 8, 2009, the FBI raised Khan’s investigation priority from “IT” to “core,” an indication that FBI agents believed that he was not just an al Qaida supporter but someone in close contact with al Qaida’s core leadership.
The next day, on Jan. 9, Charlotte agents contacted the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, a Quantico, Va.,-based special forces unit created to respond to terrorist incidents and hostage situations such as aircraft hijackings. The so-called HRT team, based at Quantico, Va., is largely made up of former special operations personnel from the Army Delta Force and the Navy SEALs (when these guys go in bodies come out). Khan is not arrested. A meeting was scheduled in Charlotte for “finalizing operational plans” five days later. What happened to those plans is not publicly known. However, one file from February 2009 shows that an FBI counterterrorism agent sent a report to the Charlotte field office to report that the bureau’s Public Access Center Unit received an anonymous tip on its “Internet Crime Complaint Center” website claiming that Khan made a death threat against a Sarasota, Florida private investigator (Bill Warner), whose name was redacted from the FBI files.
A news report about the incident, however, revealed that the private investigator is Bill Warner, who allegedly was responsible for shutting down Khan’s blog. The last dated entry, on Feb. 17, 2009, said “an anonymous individual” had notified the National Counter-Terrorism Center that Khan had threatened a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator (Bill Warner) who’d played a role in shutting down a “jihadi website . . . owned by Samir Khan.”
“May Allah send a hurricane over his house so that he can be wiped out, humiliated,” Khan wrote in a blog post, which the FBI underlined for emphasis in its February 17, 2009 report about the death threat.
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