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Marathon bombings praised in Al Qaeda magazine

An article published ­Thursday in Al Qaeda’s radical ­Islamist magazine Inspire praised last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, analyzing the planning and execution of the attack and lauding the ­Tsarnaev brothers who are ­believed to have carried it out.

The story, headlined “The Inevitable,” declared the bombings a “success at all levels” and said the plot pointed out flaws in American intelligence and security.

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It also praised Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two ethnic Chechens believed to have planned and carried out the bombing, which left three dead and more than 260 wounded.

“These heroic bombings have exposed many hidden shortcomings of the American security and intelligence system,” the story’s author, Abu ­Ziyad Al-Muhajir, wrote. “They have also proved that the legendary acclaimed power of the enemy’s intelligence is nothing but a big lie indeed.”

Inspire is an online magazine published by Al Qaeda since 2010 as a way to reach English- speaking would-be terrorists in America and parts of Europe. The magazine often ­includes calls to jihad and instruc­tions on how to carry out attacks against the United States.

The 1,400-word article ­critiques the planning and execution of the attack, noting that Boston was a prime choice for a terrorist assault because the city does not receive the same type of security scrutiny as New York City or Washington, D.C.

The story then quotes US Representative William ­Keating, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, from an interview he gave on the day of the attack.

“They chose symbolic ­targets. Certainly the iconic ­Boston Marathon, the oldest marathon that brings people ­together from all around the world, is that kind of symbolic event,” the Bourne Democrat said during the April 15 interview broadcast on CNN.

Keating went on to extol the work of the first responders and he vowed to bring the then-unidentified and at-large perpetrators to justice.

“Believe me, the weight of the United States, the weight of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the weight of the city of Boston and the people connected will be coming to bear on this,” he said. “We will bring the responsible people to justice.”

But Inspire’s story took Keating’s day-of assessment of the bombings as praise for the Tsarnaev brothers’ planning.

“In other words,” the article declared, “this analysis states that ‘the Tsarnaev mujahideen were very clever by striking on the marathon day.’ ”

Wesley Lowery can be reached at Wesley.Lowery@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter ­@WesleyLowery.
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