“[In a]… new Web video … the al-Awlakiâ€™s lectures are used to voice over still pictures of women preparing for battle.
â€œThe video glorifies the role of Muslim women in battle. Each frame of the lecture is accompanied by women. Each section has a photo of women preparing for battle, carrying arms, as part of terrorist groups,â€ said the analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. â€œIt is definitely a recruiting film for women willing to sacrifice themselves.â€
The video ends with a still photo of the Russian “Black Widow” who blew herself in the Moscow subway March 2010.
Analysts also note that the leading articles in the latest edition of the magazine are all written by Americans. In addition to al-Awlaki, there is Samir Khan. U.S. officials believe the North Carolina native is behind the look and layout of the magazine. There is also a piece by Adam Gadahn. The California native is a longtime mouthpiece for the Al Qaeda senior leadership in the tribal areas of Pakistan.