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May 30th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Al Qaeda 'Inspire Magazine' praises Boston attack

An English-language propaganda tool for al Qaeda, Inspire Magazine, is celebrating the Boston Marathon attack in its latest issue, CNN has learned. The magazine also praises Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspects of the marathon attack, calling them "brothers."

"Yesterday it was Baghdad, today it is Boston. The question of 'who' and 'why' should be kept aside. You should be asking, 'where is next?'" reads one passage in the magazine.

In a previous issue, Inspire wrote an article titled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom," which outlined directions for a pressure cooker bomb that was strikingly similar to the ones allegedly used by the Tsarnaev brothers in the marathon attack.

"They're trying to capitalize on this, to inspire more attacks. They're saying, 'We inspire this, our magazine inspired this,'" said Paul Cruickshank, CNN contributor and research fellow for the Center on Law and Security at New York University.

By doing so, the magazine can show followers in the West that they, too, are capable of so-called lone wolf attacks.

"They're trying to inspire more of this kind of terrorism," said Cruickshank.

The latest issue also talked about the recent gruesome stabbing in the United Kingdom, where two men attacked a British soldier with meat cleavers. One of the attackers said they killed the soldier "because Muslims are dying daily" at the hands of British troops like him. The magazine also mentions the recent stabbing of a French soldier Saturday, who was targeted because of his military service, France's defense minister said.

"They recognize this is very hard to protect against, you've got just two or three people launching these attacks, and they don't have connections to overseas terrorist groups,” said Cruickshank. “They're saying, 'Don't come and join us, don't come and train with us. Stay at home and we'll give you the instructions you need to carry out these attacks.'"

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