President Obama targeted by a new jihad magazine

There is a new jihadi magazine filled with articles to entice impressionable youth to self-radicalize to Islam. It is time to take notice. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

CHARLOTTEMay 9, 2013 — Magazines come and magazines go, but when a new English-language jihadi publication shows a full-page picture of Barack Obama covered by a bullseye and the words, “Wanted Dead Only,” printed beneath it, maybe we should pay attention.

It was not so long ago that Al-Qaeda published articles about home-made pressure cooker bombs in their quarterly magazine called Inspire. We ignored those too, until the day of the Boston Marathon and then, suddenly, reality exploded in our faces again.

Today, as the media focuses on the Jodi Arias verdict and kidnappings in Cleveland, we are distracted once more from the more pertinent far-reaching ramifications of the attacks in Benghazi in September 2012.

Perhaps the Benghazi hearings took a back seat because the media believes they are a republican political maneuver against the president and Hillary Clinton. More accurately it is because a verdict in a murder case or a tragic story about three women being held captive for ten years is far more dramatic than watching a group of pontificating politicians.

The truth is, however, that terrorism is here to stay and finding answers to questions that have so many layers of concern for the American people do make a difference, even though Mrs. Clinton argues otherwise.

Furthermore, the consequences are far-reaching, on-going and long-range. So when a new jihadi magazine appears with a bullseye overlay on the president’s back, it might be time to take notice.

The magazine was launched in March of this year, though it was not discovered online until May 5th. According to sources, the 80-page publication was produced by the Taliban situated on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Among the articles, which were written to recruit self-radicalizing jihadi youth, is a story appealing for help to defeat U.S. drone technology, the announcement of a death squad being formed to kill former Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharref and a declaration of the goal of jihadi forces to liberate Palestine from Israel.

In an uncredited editorial, the magazine, known as Azan - A Call to Jihad, states, “Azan is a platform for the Muslim men and women abroad who seek to humiliate the tyrants in their own lands. We ask all Muslims holding such noble aspirations of discharging their sacred duty of jihad to contact us.”

In Arabic the word azan  means “call to prayer.”

The editorial continues by calling for a media war by declaring, “It is also imperative that the ideological battle that the Crusader-Zionist enemy is waging be fully laid out in front of the Muslim masses and a proper reaction to this onslaught be formalized.”

Though Azan’s publisher and editors are unidentified, the magazine uses the term “Taliban in Khurasan” to emphasize the fact that there is no difference between the Pakistani and the Afghan Taliban.  

A significant revelation from the editorial describes Mullah Muhammad Omar as “commander of (all) the believers.” The distinction is important because Western media has depicted Mullah Omar only as the leader of the Afghan Taliban.

The editorial continues by saying, “The world today stands at the eve of the return to Khilafah (the caliphate) as was destined to happen according to Ahadith (sayings and deeds) of the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad).” In the simplest terms, that translates to mean that radical jihad will not rest until Islam rules the world.

While the media races breathlessly to cover Jodi Arias and kidnappings in Cleveland, which are legitimately newsworthy events, another jihadist publication has slipped beneath the radar. Perhaps a bullseye on a full-page picture of President Obama is more bluster than reality, but in light of the bombings in Boston, does America really have the luxury to ignore the neon signs flashing in front of it?

Can America honestly turn our backs on the attacks in Libya by pretending they were the result of a bogus internet video? Yes, it does make a difference, Mrs. Clinton. It makes a difference because innocent people are dying because of political ineptness.

It makes a difference because little is being done to halt the rise of global terrorism. It makes a difference because we are ambivalent to the reality of an increasingly dangerous world, It makes a difference because the American people cannot trust the people they elect to keep them safe.

And, it makes a difference because a terrorist magazine can publish a picture of the President of the United States with a bullseye on his back and nobody seems to notice.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.






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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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