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U.S. steps up hunt for editor of al-Qaeda online magazine after details emerged Boston bombers followed the digital publication’s bomb-making recipes


By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 22:56 EST, 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 EST, 30 April 2013

The hunt is on.

U.S. authorities are stepping up their efforts to track down the editor of a digital magazine published by Al Qaeda after details emerged that the surviving Boston bomber told investigators he and his brother learned how to build explosives by reading the online publication.

The CIA is believed to be spearheading the effort to find Yahya Ibrahim, a jihadist who has edited ‘Inspire’ since its founding editor-in-chief was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, the Daily Telegraph in London reports.

online alqaeda 1Fodder: U.S. officials say ‘Inspire’ has served as a viable resource for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his late brother Tamerlan, and other terrorists before them

U.S. officials say that ‘Inspire’ has served as a viable resource for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his late brother Tamerlan, and other terrorists before them.

‘Inspire clearly is a powerful propaganda tool,’ an unnamed CIA source told the Telegraph saying that officials were concerned about the online magazine’s ability to push ‘potential jihadists to conduct violent action.’

Ibrahim, who publishes his articles and editorial letters in English, is believed to be a war-themed pen name for a propagandist tied to the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the Telegraph.

online alqaeda 2Propagandist: Ibrahim, who publishes his articles and editorial letters in English, is believed to be a war-themed pen name for a propagandist tied to the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Scott Stewart, a former State Department special agent who now works for the global intelligence company Stratfor, told the newspaper that he suspects Ibrahim may have similar fundamentalist roots to the digital publication’s founder Samir Khan.
Khan was killed in the same drone attack that took out radical American and Yemini cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011.

‘Yahya Ibrahim is a distinct individual,’ Stewart, who has analysed ‘Inspire’, said. ‘His presence has been there since issue one, and he speaks in a distinct voice. He is obviously very proficient in English, and it would not be surprising if he were someone, like Khan, from an immigrant family to the U.S.’
Michael Leiter, a former National Counterterrorism Center director, said that U.S. officials will consider prosecuting Ibrahim and other editors for giving material support to terrorists.

online alqaeda 3Food for hatred: Michael Leiter, a former National Counterterrorism Centre director, said that U.S. officials will consider prosecuting Ibrahim and other editors for giving material support to terrorists

posted on 3 May 13 by Daily Mail Online

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