An al-Qaida propaganda pamphlet has listed the Air Force Academy and the company that makes Predator drones as potential targets for terrorist attacks.
Fox affiliate KXRM-TV in Colorado Springs first reported on Thursday that the publication from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula listed the Air Force Academy as a target as part of an article explaining how to make car bombs.
The story, “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” lists which materials are needed to build an “Iraqi style car bomb.” The author – listed only as “The AQ Chief” – urges would-be terrorists to select their targets wisely to inflict a “crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam.”
In addition to the Air Force Academy, the suggested targets in the U.S. are the San Diego headquarters of General Atomics and Affiliated Companies; Georgia Military College in Warner Robins, Ga.; Times Square in New York; and oil tankers and trains.
The Air Force Academy released a statement saying it is aware that it was among targets recommended in the al-Qaida publication.
“We remain vigilant and maintain all the appropriate protocols of a military installation to include force protection and being cognizant of existing and emerging threats,” the statement says. “Our primary concern is always the security and the safety of the cadets, our personnel and the thousands of visitors who come to USAFA every year.”