Yemeni al-Qaida posts new issue of online magazine

Updated: 03/01/2013 11:08 AM

(AP) CAIRO - Yemen’s al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula _ considered to be the terror network’s most dangerous branch _ is urging for holy war in a new edition of its online English-language magazine.

The edition appeared on militant websites Thursday after an almost nine month interval.

The magazine’s former editor, American Samir Khan, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen, together with the U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The magazine’s new editor, Yahia Ibrahim, praised the two slain al-Qaida figures as a "team whose martyrdom inspires" others.

The new edition includes excerpts from an interview with al-Qaida’s American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, who uses the name "Azzam the American."

He urges militants to continue fighting America and other NATO members to destroy them economically and militarily.

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