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Islamist terror group gives car-torching tips online

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By Reuters
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
 

Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamist movement's most active branch, has released an English-language magazine advising militants on how to torch parked cars and cause traffic accidents.

The magazine, released on militant websites, warns France to pull back from Mali and lists 11 public figures in the West, including novelist Salman Rushdie, who it says are “wanted dead or alive for crimes against Islam.”

AQAP, based in the impoverished, lawless state of Yemen, has plotted to bring down international airliners and is seen by Western governments as a danger to oil-producing Gulf states and crude shipment routes.

In a section titled “open source jihad,” the magazine gives tips on how to set fire to parked cars, including advice such as “don't get petrol on yourself,” and suggests spilling oil on road bends to cause crashes.

An editorial in the magazine warned France to end its military intervention in Mali, citing the U.S. experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, which it said made “them bite their fingertips in regret.”

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