One ad says, "The aim of this training is to continue with our brothers who are seeking to carry out operations that make for great killing and slaughtering of the enemies of Islam," as reported by the Daily Mail. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall for that interview. Additionally, the advertisement clarified that the targets "must be, according to priority, American, Israeli, French, and British."
Hopefully officials can trace the email address and find out who is doing the "training." This story is frightening because it shows that there is a level of arrogance (and acceptance?) of suicide bombers, which are often portrayed as martyrs. The question begs to be asked as to how mainstream this activity is, as calling for bombers wouldn't be thought of as something that would be so blatantly advertised.
Al-Qaeda, which has recently been linked to Syrian rebels and an attack on the US Embassy in Libya, seems to be ramping up its hate. This follows in the wake of the recent US drone attack, which killed al-Qaeda's second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi.
Some seem to diminish the threat of al-Qaeda. For example, a CNN report recently called the fear of al-Qaeda "irrational" and stated that the terrorist organization "hasn't conducted a successful attack in the West since the bombings on London's transportation system on July 7, 2005, and of course, the group hasn't succeeded in attacking the United States for more than a decade." The author of that report must not be referring to attacks on US embassies, or on the attack in Little Rock by an American citizen influenced by al-Qaeda in 2009, which claimed the life of a US soldier and injured another.
The CNN reporter, Peter Bergen, also stated, "Meanwhile, 54 Americans are reported to be killed every year by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, to the average American, lightning is about 30 times more deadly than jihadist terrorism." The cavalier attitude is distressing.
The author also fails to mention the Khost attack in 2009 when "al-Qaeda struck inside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing seven [American] CIA officers and a Jordanian intelligence officer." Additionally, US citizens were killed, although not on US soil, in many other attacks, including Daniel Pearl in 2002, two Americans in Islamabad in 2002, a US embassy attacked in Peru in 2002 (killing 9 people), U.S. AID worker Laurence Foley, and too many others to list.
President Barack Obama has overseen the killing of 15 Al-Qaeda members while in office, and his predecessor, President George W. Bush, also authorized drone strikes which killed 16 al-Qaeda members.