Back in May, I took a look at the first two issues of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine to be released since the deaths of its best known contributor Anwar al-Awlaki, and its editor Samir Khan. It seemed to me that the quality of the magazine had declined significantly in their absence. Judging from his testimony to the Senate Homeland Security Committee yesterday, National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen seems to agree:
AQAP also remains intent on publishing the English-language Inspire magazine—previously spearheaded by al-Aulaqi and now-deceased Samir Khan—in order to mobilize Western-based individuals for violent action. While the deaths of al-Aulaqi and Khan have affected the quality of the magazine, the publication endures and continues to reach a wide global audience of extremists.
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