al-Qaeda magazine cites Philadelphia as cheap terror target

    For just 140 easy payments of $29.99, al-Qaeda can terrorize America from Philadelphia, according to a cover story in al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine.

    A recent issue of the over-the-top English-language al-Qaeda publication includes a cover story about just how cheaply the terror group can target America. The accompanying photo is of a cargo search at Philadelphia International Airport, where officials found suspicious packages as part of a terrorism attempt in October.

    Though the situation was diffused, it cost al-Qaeda only $4,200 to pull it off.

    The Inquirer quotes the magazine: “To bring down America, we do not need to strike big. The strategy [is] a thousand cuts. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death.”

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, chair of the Homeland Security subcommittee on terrorism and intelligence, will hold the first in a series of hearings today on AQAP, the al-Qaeda group led by New Mexico native Anwar al-Awlaki. Meehan says al-Awlaki’s motives could be the next bit threat to American safety.

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