Magazine a manual for terrorism
Use of photo worries security experts
Attorney-General pushes to block site
( only 45,000 australian users so why ?)
AL-QAEDA'S official magazine has used Sydney's Opera House as an example of a suitable target for a homegrown terrorist attack.
The photo is included in the latest issue of Inspire, an online magazine published by associates of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The picture illustrates a section that aims to educate English-speaking terrorists on bomb-making and use of the AK-47 automatic rifles, The Australian reports.
While it was unclear whether it was meant to encourage a terrorist attack, the image of the Sydney Opera House on a full page of the Inspire magazine worries security experts.
Leah Farrall, one of Australia's leading al-Qaeda experts, said: "In the end, all we know is that a photograph of one of our most prominent landmarks has turned up on a page about bomb-making in a magazine that is encouraging people to take action on their own and blow things up in Western countries.
"At a really simple level that will be cause for concern, but it will be tempered with the recognition that these are the most publicity-hungry jihadis we have come across so far."
The picture and bomb-making instructions appear in the magazine's "Open Source Jihad" section, which it describes as "a resource manual for those who loathe the tyrants; includes bomb-making techniques; security measures, guerilla tactics, weapons training and all other jihad-related activities".
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said despite the image, the national terrorism alert level remains unchanged at medium.
"I have been advised this publication does not represent any change to the extent of the terrorist threat within Australia," Mr McClelland said today. "And I am advised it has not been accompanied by any specific threat in Australia or to Australian citizens."
The terrorism alert level, which has been in place since 2001, still means a terrorist attack could occur and Mr McClelland said the photograph was a reminder of the terrorist threat Australia faced.
"This publication does serve as a reminder of the need for constant vigilance in countering terrorist threats," he said.
Mr McClelland said yesterday he had written to the Australian Communications and Media Authority in an attempt to restrict access to the online do-it-yourself terror magazine.
It is understood security authorities have been aware of the image for several days. Inspire has in the past used prominent buildings in the US and around the world to illustrate the section.
Read more about Inspire and AQAP at the blog All Things Counter Terrorism
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