US Citizen May Be Behind Al-Qaeda Magazine Samir Khan of North Carolina suspected, source says By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 19, 2010 9:30 AM CDT 4 comments Comments A screenshot from al-Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine. (SITE Intelligence) (Newser) – The man behind al-Qaeda’s new online magazine, Inspire, is likely a US citizen. Authorities suspect 23-year-old North Carolina resident Samir Khan of being the magazine’s “driving force,” a senior law enforcement official tells CNN. Khan, who has long distributed translations of al-Qaeda propaganda on his “Jihad Recollections” blog, traveled to Yemen in October on a round-trip ticket, but hasn’t returned. Khan was originally born in Saudi Arabia, but his family moved to New York when he was 7, and later to the Charlotte area.