Al-Qaeda magazine urges killing of ‘anyone who commits blasphemy’

      An Al-Qaeda magazine article, written by US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, has called for the execution of anyone who commits blasphemy. “The proper solution to this growing campaign of blasphemy is the execution of those involved,” The Daily Times quoted the article in web magazine Inspire, as saying. The article singles out Seattle-based cartoonist Molly Norris, who satirically proposed to make a blasphemous page on Facebook, but it also said that the killings should not be limited to participants on the social networking website. “Because (participants) are practising a ‘right’ that is defended by the law, they have the backing of the entire Western political system. This would make... attacking any Western target legal from an Islamic viewpoint,” the article said. “We will fight against blasphemers. We will instigate, we will bomb, and we will assassinate, and may our mothers be bereaved of us if we do not rise in defence,” it added. US monitoring service SITE said that the Al-Fajr Media Centre, an Internet distribution network for extremist groups had released the magazine. It also said that the release comes amongst several communiques posted by Al-Fajr Media Centre for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Iraq , indicating that it is an authentic publication. Awlaki is an Islamic lecturer and imam who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen . He purportedly inspired Islamic terrorists and is wanted by the CIA after becoming “operational” as a senior talent recruiter, motivator and participates in planning and training “for Al-Qaeda and all of its franchises”. With a blog, a Facebook page, and many YouTube videos, he has been described as the “bin Laden of the internet”.

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