From the Daily News:
A slick new Al Qaeda magazine written in English to lure U.S. jihadists may be the work of a former New Yorker with an eye for graphics - and a lust for American blood.
Intelligence officials see chilling similarities between a militant blog Samir Khan produced and the Internet-based magazine Inspire.
Khan landed on intelligence radar in 2007, when he was 21, after posting an Osama Bin Laden screed to the blog he maintained from his parents' basement.
The blog boasted crisp graphics, an easy familiarity with American culture and attitudes, and a pipeline to hard-core rhetoric.
Fast forward to last month, when Al Qaeda put out Inspire, with the message that U.S. military action in the Arab world must be avenged.
The packaging spooked experts with its potential for recruiting Western youth. It also seemed familiar to those who track militants, like the Jawa Report blog.
Khan was born in Saudi Arabia but his family moved to Queens when he was 7 years old.
In 2007, he told the New York Times that he was a typical American kid until he turned 15 and went to a weeklong summer camp sponsored by the Islamic Organization of North America.
He stopped dressing like his pals at John Adams High School in Queens, grew tired of IONA's moderate tenets, and joined the more militant Islamic Thinkers Society, sources said.
His family moved to Jersey in 2000 and North Carolina in 2004, sources said. That's when he started his blog, "Inshallahshaheed," or "A martyr soon if God wills."