Washington is the capital, and New York is the former capital. Both have symbolic importance to the American people and government. Moreover, White House is in Washington, and DC has about 347,000 federal government employees and many important figures in the government live there. As for New York, it is known for its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing centre, it is the leading centre of banking, finance and communication in the United States.
It has a big military presence, almost all the military bases are based in this state, apart from the Air Force which is based in Chicago. There are federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the Department of Defence and CIA; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region's main seaport. Virginia in general attracts a load of tourists.
It is in the mid of the US, hence it is a major transportation hub. It is an important component in global distribution, as it is the third largest inter-modal port in the world. It is also an important worldwide centre of commerce. The city has the second largest financial centre in the United States. Among its most important financial structures:
1. Sears Tower, a 108-story skyscraper, it held the title tallest building in the world for about 25 years.
2. The Chicago Board of Trade Building.
The most populous city in the state of California, and the second most populous in the United States. It is also the largest manufacturing centre in the western United States. It is also the home base of Hollywood. Areas and Restaurants with high profile personalities - Usually these people visit the restaurants during the weekend:
Restaurants and Bars in the M street, Washington.
Tennis stadiums; they are visited by thousands of people, and high profile people, especially the US Open. The piece includes interviews with islamist and Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, and Samir Khan, who was killed in the same air strike. Khan served as editor and publisher of Inspire up to that point. A photo of New York City is shown at the end of the piece.
The terrorist organization's magazine has a letter from the editor that states:
Whenever Al-Qaeda is mentioned, the American citizens' mind thinks of vest and car bombs. Bearing in mind that none of these weapons has struck them post 9/11. So why would they relate Al-Qaeda to these bombs? Simply because they fear these weapons and have seen enough of their destructive power in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America, and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs. They are all yearning to fulfill their duty of Jihad. The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs! Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzad's car bomb.
And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too.
The piece also lists specific locations and times to attack European sites in England and France. These include the Bastille Military Day Parade on July 14 in Paris and soccer (football) stadiums during Premier League FA Cup Matches in the UK "when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and FA Cup matches."