"The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis."  From Strategy to Tactics: Analyzing al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire Magazine, Issue 17

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From Strategy to Tactics: Analyzing al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’sInspireMagazine, Issue 17

Introduction

This article analyzes Inspire Magazine issue 17 – Al Qaeda’s propaganda magazine –from its strategic ideological preaching to its tactics. As Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) continues to rally and call to action those willing to detest all enemies of Islam, it is vitally important to explore how the organization continues to recruit at the individual level using Inspire Magazine. We examine the magazine’s format and content to better understand how a reader could potentially sympathize with their cause(s), internalize their ideology, and implement the proposed tactics. Using Rosoka, a natural language processing (NLP) software, we stratify our analysis into a strategic and tactical prospective. The strategic analysis focuses on diagnostic frames, ideological concepts, and image analysis, while the tactical analysis explores entity organizations, persons, weapons, and targets. As a tactic, Inspire 17 prioritizes targeting means of transportation with a focus on derailing trains using a simplistic train derailment tool.2 Derived from the intelligence provided in the magazine, our team presents a worst-case scenario to bring to light the potential lethal implications. In conclusion, we discuss four recommended courses of action aimed at both the prevention of train derailments and the monitoring of Inspire Magazine publications. Read Full Text Here


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