By Mytheos Holt
“Al Qaeda Airlines Magazine.” The name sounds like a bad joke from Saturday Night Live. You can almost imagine Seth Meyers dressed in a fake Jihadi uniform, sitting on a plane, reading the first issue, while a faux-Arab accented voice over makes terrible puns.
But as it turns out, this concept is no joke, and the real Al Qaeda Airlines Magazine is anything but funny. The magazine, which is published by online terrorist writer Abdallah Dhu Al-Bajadin and disseminated online as a PDF, is now on its second issue. And much as you might expect from a magazine published by terrorists for terrorists, its subject matter is confined entirely to maximizing the effectiveness of terrorism. Indeed, based on scans of the second issue obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the thing appears to be a serialized “how-to” guide for would-be mass murderers in the name of Islamic Jihad.
The disturbingly innocuous cover
According to MEMRI’s report on the magazine, the second issue is broken into two sections – one analyzing past Al Qaeda attacks as a learning exercise in avoiding mistakes, and the other functioning as a guide to making homemade explosives…
….Things get more chilling still when you get to the section describing the process of making homemade explosives and toxins. To begin with, there are photos like the one below, showing how to make the explosive pentaerythritol trinitrate (PETN):