The PJ Tatler

Al-Qaeda Tip for Jihadists: Be Santa and No One Will Notice Your Bomb

The Spring issue of al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine advises lone-wolf jihadists to try Santa beards to blend in as they attempt to bomb crowds.

The magazine stipulates that the U.S. is the first target, followed by the United Kingdom and France. “The important thing is that you target people and not buildings,” the guidelines state.


Suggested targets are Washington, northern Virginia, Chicago and L.A. More specifically, “areas and restaurants with high-profile personalities” in Alexandria, Arlington and Georgetown are noted.

“Tennis stadiums; they are visited by thousands of people, and high profile people, especially the US Open,” adds the magazine, also listing tennis tourneys as a target in the UK along with soccer matches, horse races and the Savoy Hotel.

Best times for jihad? “During the election seasons, both presidential and Congress. During Christmas and New Year’s Eve, 25th and 31st December.”

To this end, al-Qaeda offers some handy disguise tips: “Disguise yourself during the operation, appear fat (add some clothes on you), change your complexion, be a ‘clone’, use any mask (believe me embarrassment is the last thing you will think about), wear a mask suitable for the festival, white beards on 25th Dec. All in all, be creative brother.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had admitted he learned how to build the deadly Boston Marathon bombs through an Inspire magazine article.

The new issue features step-by-step car bomb instructions with photo tutorials, using materials that don’t arouse suspicion such as a natural gas container.


Al-Qaeda also wrote up a mock interview with President Obama as one of the articles:

Q: After over a decade of launching an expensive war and billions of dollars you have spent on beefing up
security measures, does America still fear Jihadi attacks on its soil?
A: Our nation is still threatened by terrorists. From Benghazi to Boston, we have been tragically reminded of that truth.
Q: Finally, how much damage can a lone Mujahid do to harm America? Make your answer short. Your time is up.
A: U.S. citizens or legal residents can do enormous damage, particularly when inspired by larger notions of
violent Jihad. That pull towards extremism appears to have led to the shooting at Fort Hood, and the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

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