*Al Qaeda is calling on lone wolf jihadists in the United States to target white Americans only, because it doesn’t want their attacks to be mistaken for a hate crime.
In the latest edition of its online magazine Inspire, Al Qaeda calls for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America, reports The Foreign Desk. But the article, titled “Inspire Guide: Orlando Operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”
In the June 12 attack in Orlando, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 inside a gay nightclub. Mateen, who was later killed by police, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a call to 911 during the attacks, but an investigation found no links to ISIS or any other jihadist groups, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch instead characterized the massacre as a hate crime against gays.
Although Al Qaeda does not take credit for Mateen’s attack in the article, it urges more “lone wolves” to take up arms. Jihadists should target “areas where the Anglo-Saxon community is generally concentrated,” it states. “This class of the American community is the majority and it is the one that is in the American leadership.”