Thursday, May 3, 2012

Al Qaeda reportedly targeting Montana forests

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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A new issue of al Qaeda's English-language magazine includes an article that suggests wildfires as a form of terrorism, and specifically mentions Montana as a good target. The magazine, called Inspire, was thought to be shuttered after the 2011 deaths of its two editors, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, until two new issues emerged on jihadi forums.

From ABC News:

But issue nine carries equally lethal advice, with "It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb," which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an "ember bomb" in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.

"In America, there are more houses built in the [countryside] than in the cities," says the writer, who uses the pseudonym The AQ Chef. "It is difficult to choose a better place [than] in the valleys of Montana."

ABC News' chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross added on "Good Morning America" that experts say the information given in the magazine is "precise and troubling."

Here's the segment as it appeared this morning:

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