Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called for Attacks on Sports Events (Boston Terror)

Family Security Matters

Although no group has claimed responsibility for  Monday’s deadly  bomb  blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda  ideologue last  year  recommended that jihadists in America include  sporting events in  their list of  prospective terror targets.

Writing in the online magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Inspire, the terrorist known as Abu Musab al-Suri listed what he  called “the most important enemy targets.”

Al-Suri contended that civilians should be targeted “when responding   to a  brutal practice carried out by America and her allied forces.”

“This is done by targeting human crowds in order to inflict maximum    human losses,” he wrote. “This is very easy since there are numerous   such  targets such as crowded sports arenas, annual social events, large    international exhibitions, crowded market-places, skyscrapers, crowded    buildings … etc.”

“It is possible for ordinary Resistance fighters among the Muslims   residing  in America and the allied Western countries to target them, in   order to  participate in the jihad and the Resistance, and to stretch  out  a helping hand  to the mujahidun [Islamic warriors].”

The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist Web sites,  drew attention Monday to the Inspire article.

Any short list of terrorist groups dedicated to carrying out attacks    against U.S. targets would include AQAP, the al-Qaeda affiliate active   in  Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

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