Jihadists have released a new web-magazine - presumably catering to the literate English-speaking Muslims in South Asia and the West.
The magazine, named 'Azan' (Which means a call to prayer), is based on similar lines as the earlier 'Inspire' magazine - which was created in Yemen. It is unclear where and by whom this one was created - although it's focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan have led to speculations that it was made by the Pakistani Taliban.
The magazine, which is eighty pages long, is formatted like many religious magazines with sections devoted to phrases (and explanations) from the holy book, 'inspirational' interviews of the religious and calls for more faith and sterner action from the believers.
However, most of the magazine is devoted to two issues - Drones and the Pakistani army.
Oh Drones! Help us!
In a seemingly open admission about the devastating impact of America's drone policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the magazine devotes several pages to a long rant about the evils of the drones – before asking for help.
The article also gives some insight into how the drones operate - explaining that usually a 'spy' tosses a chip onto a compound which marks the spot for a drone attack.
In what seems to be more lamenting than admonishing, the article complains that the poor are usually bribed into this task, and sometimes they merely toss the chip into the nearest house, instead of finding militant homes.
The piece, which goes into some depth about the casualties suffered by drone attacks (although they do clarify that these figures cannot be trusted since they were complied by 'disbelievers of Allah'), eventually rounds up with an appeal to its readers - "If you know anything about the technology to defeat drones, help us."
The article asks for all those Muslims who may have expertise in combating or hacking into drones to contact the magazine and offer help. With a marked tone of disbelief, the article notes that there are hundreds of millions of Muslims across the world, so surely some of them must have the intelligence and ability to combat drones.
They have attempted, and had some success, with such technologies before. There have been some reports that drones in Yemen were hacked. Although that program seems to have hit a snag, hence the public appeals for help.
Images: Screenshots from the web-magazine 'Azan'
Text: Sify News Desk