Al-Qaeda has taken some pretty big blows recently. Last year, the mastermind of 9/11 Osama bin Laden was shot in the face by Navy SEALs and yesterday, another top Al Qaeda leader was what I liked to call, "droned." So now, desperate times call for desperate measures: Al Qaeda is advertising for suicide bombers...online.
The advertisements ask for volunteers to get in touch via e-mail with details about their own experience and proposed targets, and were posted on a variety of jihadist forums, including Al-Fidaa, Shmoukh al-Islam and Honein.
Al-Qaeda and its regional offshoots often use jihadist Internet forums to post statements claiming responsibility for attacks, and to communicate with followers.
"The aim of this training is to continue with our brothers who are seeking to carry out operations that make for great killing and slaughtering of the enemies of Islam," said the advertisement attributed to Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
"It is clear now that the individual jihad, or what is called the lone wolf, has become more widespread and its features have started showing -- in summary, it is a complete jihadist operation to be carried out by a single bomber."
And who do they want to recruit the most? Americans.
"Their identity must be, according to priority, American, Israeli, French and British."