A sign of desperation or of boldness? A bumbling attempt to recruit new members or an example of AQ's New Media savvy and "jihadi cool?" Al Qaeda's new "help wanted" ad, posted on one of the groups' web forums, raises many questions.
Whatever your take, it's clear that there is one, undeniable prerequisite for interested applicants: Must Love Jihad. Here's more, from The Times of Israel:
Applicants must be Muslim, mentally mature, dedicated, able to listen, and utterly committed to completing their mission, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Tuesday.
Several email addresses are provided for applicants. While their real names are not required, candidates are asked to send details of their nickname or handle, their age, marital status, languages spoken and a list of passports in their possession.
The ad on the forum, which is accessible only to al-Qaeda members, specifies the targets of the terror attacks that applicants will be expected to carry out, including “People who fight Islam and Muslims” and enemy “financial, military and media targets.”
The ad indicates that the anticipated attacks will be solo operations: “Only one person will be in charge. He will gather all of the intelligence, he will prepare the operation — and he will complete the attack.” However, it continues, “a military panel” will oversee the bomber’s training and select the target.
The job description promises only a “very slight chance of being caught.”
Remember: Al Qaeda may be down, but they are anything but out, as I reported here last October. Click on the viewer below to watch.