Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the second edition of its new English language magazine, Inspire. It only came out last night and there is a lot to say about this so, for now, I’m just going to give a quick overview of the key themes emerging from this important document.
As I say, these are just some initial thoughts – there is a lot to digest here against the wider backdrop of al-Qaeda’s changing strategy. Small wonder, then, that the current terrorist threat against Europe is of ‘Mumbai style’ attacks.
In one sense there is a positive here: al-Qaeda is weakening and struggling to stage the kind of big operations it did in America, London, and Madrid. The converse, however, is that if its new strategy finds expression then it will represent a mutation of the threat which we are currently ill-equipped to manage.