Australia -Scorched earth terror threat

Natalie O’Brien  May 6, 2012

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Smoke over the Opera House … an image in an al-Qaeda-linked magazine.

Australia has been named as a specific target for pyro-terrorism in the latest edition of an online terrorism magazine linked with al-Qaeda.

A picture of the Opera House with smoke clouds behind it – captioned ”Sydney city on fire” – has been used to illustrate a story that promotes the use of bushfires as terrorist attacks.

The article in Inspire magazine, titled ”It is of your freedom to ignite a firebomb”, gives a step-by-step guide to building an ”ember bomb”, which it advocates as the best way to start destructive fires.

The article’s release was condemned yesterday by the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, who said there was no imminent threat against Australia.

However, Ms Roxon said it was a timely reminder, one year since the death of Osama bin Laden, that the threat of violent extremism in Australia remained. ”I have instructed my department to draw this material to the attention of relevant authorities, including the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.”

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Al Qaeda launches women’s magazine that mixes fashion tips and violence

The cover of book written by Osama bin Laden.....

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London, Asharq Al-Awsat – The jihadist media has moved to publish a new magazine that is concerned with women jihadists. Observers have said that the objective of the publication of the “Al-Shamikha” magazine, which translates as “The Majestic Woman”, is to promote Islamic values among women, in addition to fashion and beauty tips. This magazine has been dubbed the ‘Jihad Cosmo” in some quarters after the well-known Cosmopolitan style magazine. Continue reading