Online advertisement for the upcoming English edition of a magazine by Al Qaeda’s media-savvy branch in the Arabian
administration’s argument is based more on “frustration and assumption
than real strategy.”
“Inside that organization, (Awlaki) is a nobody — at best, a
mid-level functionary in a local branch,” Johnsen wrote. “There are
dozens of men who could do more harm to the United States, and killing
Awlaki would only embolden them and aid in recruitment.
“Assassinating Awlaki may make us feel safer, but it won’t make us
In the first 12 editions of AQAP’s Arabic magazine Awalki’s name is
mentioned only once, and then only to dispute claims he had been killed
in a U.S. drone attack.
Judging by the slick online promotion of the new English magazine — advertised as “A special gift to the Islamic Nation” — guest writer Awlaki appears to have become the group’s rising star.