Al Qaeda Has Drawn a Bullseye on a New American Target: Subway Trains

Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, August 11, 2017

Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target––America’s trains––in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire.

Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.

Train Bombings in Spain

Aftermath of Al Qaeda’s triple train bombing in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004. (Credit Image: © Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) put out a report on Friday saying al Qaeda has teased the Inspire articles with a trailer appearing on Telegram app channels operated by its fans.

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The U.S. maintains over 100,000 miles of rail. But the trailer features scenes of just one system, the subway. Its shows cars flashing through urban tunnels. It quotes from U.S. Government Accountability Office reports on the vulnerability of rail lines to sabotage. It then shows what appear to be rudimentary devices that can be clamped onto a line to cause a derailment.

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