terrorists should avoid killing American minorities, and instead should
focus on whites in order to make clear the attackers' jihadi purpose,
an al-Qaida group has advised followers.
The advice was included in an online
pamphlet, "Inspire Guide: Orlando Operation," published June 17 and
signed by "Lone Jihad Guide Team."
The pamphlet appears to be a supplement to
the infrequently published internet magazine Inspire, the house organ of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Inspire magazine openly
advocates both jihad and methods of murder, teaching readers how to
construct explosives ("make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom"), or
suggesting targets and methods of attack (via personal vehicle, "the
ultimate mowing machine").
As suggested in its title, the "Orlando
Operation" guide comes in the wake of self-proclaimed ISIS affiliate
Omar Mateen's June 12 murder spree inside the Pulse nightclub in
In what could be seen as both a nod to, and
at least superficial fealty with, its rival ISIS, the AQAP presents
itself in the guide as part of a united jihadi front. The newly
published guide addresses "all Muslims" regardless of sect, and offers
both an analysis of Mateen's actions and advice for like-minded
Mateen is a hero who "subdued America and
made it live in a day of terror," the guide reads. "The attack took
place during the late hours of the night when the Lone Mujahid Umar
opened fire his machinegun towards the unconscious drunk crowd who were
under the sounds of loud Latino music."
Mateen acted properly for the setting, the
guide says: "It was a closed area and thus making it very easy to chase
and hunt the targets."
because Mateen targeted minorities — homosexuals and Latinos — American
society mistook the attack for a hate crime, the guide's anonymous
The Western media fed into the hate-crime scenario, the authors complain, in order to obscure the real motive of terrorism.
"We recommend — and
Allah knows best — that it is better to avoid targeting places and
crowds where minorities are generally found in America," the authors
write, observing that in such cases, "the federal government will be the
one taking full responsibility."
The comment likely shows that the authors
are familiar with America's post-Orlando debate on whether the attack
primarily could be pegged to hate or to terror, and whether gun laws
played a role in the massacre.
In order to clarify the public discourse
following future attacks, the guide advises "targeting areas where the
Anglo-Saxon community is generally concentrated," explaining that
Anglo-Saxons are better targets because "this class of the American
community is the majority and it is the one that is in the American
Elsewhere, the guide laments that Mateen did
not add bombs to his arsenal in order to kill even more people. The
authors tell readers to consult specific issues of Inspire magazine in
order to learn how to use explosives to greatest effect.
Overall, the guide states, the Orlando attack was a plus for terrorism.
"This operation is considered to be among
the most successful Lone Jihad operations," the guide reads, adding that
every new "Lone Mujahid" will try to match or outdo Mateen. "And this
encourages those hesitant to wage and launch their own operations,
especially when they see how easy it is to execute an operation."
The guide concludes with a call to increase
operations against the American public, who should be viewed as
combatants: "We no longer view them as civilians in America."
On Tuesday, meanwhile, Congress will explore global efforts to defeat ISIS in the latest in a series of similarly themed hearings. Tomorrow's hearing is before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.