- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2014

A media-oriented group tied to what’s left of Al Qaeda’s original core leaders says it will soon launch the terrorist network’s first-ever English-language Internet magazine called “Resurgence.”

A promotional video for the new magazine was posted online over the weekend by as-Sahab, a group that has for years released messages from Ayman al-Zawahiri — the terrorist believed believed to have taken control of Al Qaeda original core following the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden.

According to a report Sunday by NBC News, the slickly produced video uses audio from Malcom X, the late African American Muslim and human rights activist, who was assassinated in 1965 while promoting the U.S.-based Nation of Islam.

The video appears to combine audio from a 1965 Malcolm X speech justifying violence — including the quote “talk the language that they understand” — with images of U.S. soldiers, Islamic militants, a purported attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan and the Boston Marathon bombings, NBC reported.

It remains to be seen whether the new magazine will come to fruition on the Internet. If it does, it will likely be aligned with “Inspire,” an Arabic-language online magazine that analysts say is produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — a group that intelligence official described as an “affiliate” of al Qaeda’s original core.

The announcement of “Resurgence” arrives at a time when the Obama administration says al Qaeda’s original core — also known as “al Qaeda central” — has been devastated by drone strikes in the Afghanistan-Pakistan boarder region.

The NBC report said the promotional video for “Resurgence” suggests al Qaeda central is trying to reestablish its waning influence over Islamic militants around the world.