2010年11月25日木曜日

爆弾便はバーゲン価格

爆弾便はバーゲン価格と言う。
 中東イエメンから米国に発送された二つの航空荷物から爆弾が見つ
かったテロ未遂で犯行声明を出した、イエメンを拠点とするイスラム
武装勢力「アラビア半島のアルカイダ」は、犯行に要した費用はわずか
4200ドル(約35万円)だったと明らかにした。

AQAP(アラブ半島のアルカイダ)
Inspire Magazineで、出血作戦(Operation Hemorrhage)として宣伝。
・今後は大掛かりな計画から小型テロに戦略を切り替えると宣言、
 阻止が困難で実行に手間がかからない、こうしたテロで経済的打撃を
 与える。
・犯行に要した費用は4200ドル(2個の爆弾小包の合計)。
 ノキア携帯電話 150ドル×2台、HPプリンタ 300ドル×2台、輸送代等

AQAPの狙いは、「死ぬほど敵からしぼり取ること」と言う。
ネット上に、爆弾、毒性薬物等の情報が氾濫しており、専門知識がなく
ても、身近なもので製作することができると報道されていたが、
アルカイダも資金が減り、小規模資金でテロを実行するようだ。
テロ対策は一部で効果が見え始めたのかもしれない。

皇居テロ犯実刑
米 機内インクカートリッジ持込禁止

---荷物テロ未遂費用は35万円 アルカイダ、新戦略に転換---
2010年11月22日 01時16分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2010112101000572.html

 【カイロ共同】中東イエメンから米国に発送された二つの航空荷物から爆弾が見つかったテロ未遂で犯行声明を出した、イエメンを拠点とするイスラム武装勢力「アラビア半島のアルカイダ」は21日までに、犯行に要した費用はわずか4200ドル(約35万円)だったと明らかにした。AP通信が伝えた。
 同勢力などがインターネット上で公開している英語版の宣伝誌で明らかにした。今後は大掛かりな計画から小型テロに戦略を切り替えると宣言、阻止が困難で実行に手間がかからない、こうしたテロで経済的打撃を与えるとしている。
 宣伝誌によると、今回のテロ未遂の費用は、爆弾製造のための高性能爆薬340グラムの代金や発送料など。テロは未然に防がれたが、英当局は航空機が飛行中に爆発するようセットされていたと発表していた。


---Al-Qaeda group calls failed plot a 'bargain'---
By Greg Miller
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 22, 2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/21/AR2010112103934.html

Al-Qaeda is threatening to launch a wave of small-scale attacks similar to the recent failed parcel-bomb plot, which the terrorist group describes as a low-budget operation that caused fear and costly countermeasures in the West.

The new threat was published Saturday in the latest issue of the group's English-language magazine, Inspire. The online magazine, published by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, features glossy photographs of United Parcel Service delivery vehicles and asserts that the group spent just $4,200 on a plot aimed at blowing up cargo aircraft headed for the United States.

"We will continue with similar operations and we do not mind at all in this stage if they are intercepted," one article said. "It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy . . . in exchange for a few months of work and a few thousand bucks."

The publication represents a new propaganda ploy for al-Qaeda, marking the first time that that the terrorist organization has provided such a detailed description of its planning in the aftermath of an attack.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as the Yemen-based arm is known, has emerged as a top concern of counterterrorism officials over the past two years, in part because of its willingness to experiment with small-scale plots.

The United States has recently begun employing Predator drones in Yemen in an expanding hunt for AQAP leaders, include Anwar al-Aulaqi, a Muslim cleric who was born in the United States.

The package bomb plot was thwarted late last month when authorities in Britain and Dubai - acting on an intelligence tip from Saudi Arabia - intercepted two parcels that had been mailed from Yemen containing ordinary printer cartridges packed with the explosive compound PETN.

Authorities have said the parcels made it past cargo screening systems and contained enough explosives to bring down a plane. The parcels were sent to addresses for Jewish institutions in Chicago but appeared to have been designed to detonate in transit.

Al-Qaeda's core group in Pakistan has traditionally focused on staging elaborate, simultaneous attacks on multiple targets - a preoccupation with the spectacular that made the plots more difficult to execute and easier to detect.

The parcel bomb attempt was aimed at a familiar Al-Qaeda target: aviation. But AQAP has embraced a philosophy of probing for vulnerabilities with plots that are more streamlined and more frequent.

The magazine refers to the parcel-bombr plot as "operation hemorrhage" and asserts that its main objective was to damage the multibillion-dollar air freight industry and trigger a costly security response.

Taking down a plane "would add to the element of fear and shock," according to one article, "but that would have been an additional advantage . . . not a determining factor of its success."

In the same article, AQAP itemizes the plot's ingredients: "Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses."

The cover of the magazine shows the sum $4,200 over the blurred image of a cargo jet. Inside, authors warn that they intend to share details of how to construct their device with followers in countries where mail-screening systems have not caught up.

The magazine offers explanations for some of the decisions involved in the plot. The names in the addresses were drawn from historical figures associated with the Crusades and attacks on Muslims. The packages were sent to synagogues in Chicago, "Obama's city."

The magazine also includes photos of the printers that were shipped, as well as a Charles Dickens novel, "Great Expectations," that was packed in one of the boxes to reflect the group's optimism "about the outcome of this operation."


---Al Qaeda eyes small U.S. attacks at "bargain" prices---
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:41pm GMT
By Amena Bakr
http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE6AK1WH20101121

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing vowed to "bleed" U.S. resources with inexpensive, small-scale attacks that cost militants just thousands of dollars to mount but billions for the West to guard against.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it had spent just $4,200 (2,628 pounds) on two parcel bombs mailed from Yemen to the United States last month. The bombs were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, sparking a worldwide security alert.

It singled out the aviation industry as its main target.

"It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange of a few months of work and a few thousand bucks," AQAP said in its online Inspire magazine, posted overnight on militant websites.

"We are laying out for our enemies our plan in advance because as we stated earlier our objective is not maximum kill but to cause (damage) in the aviation industry, an industry that is so vital for trade and transportation between the U.S. and Europe."

American Admiral Mike Mullen, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the top U.S. military officer, called AQAP a serious threat to the United States Sunday. He added it has become substantially more dangerous over the past two years.

"This branch of al Qaeda is very lethal and I believe them -- in terms of what they say they're trying to do (to attack the United States)," Mullen told CNN television's "State of the Union" program.

The United States already stepped up airline passenger security after a Nigerian man tried to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit last December. AQAP had claimed responsibility.

It also hiked counterterrorism assistance to Yemen to $155 million in fiscal year 2010, from just $4.6 million in 2006. U.S. officials are also looking at additional ways to put pressure on militants, including enhanced training of Yemeni forces.

STRATEGY OF A THOUSAND CUTS

"This strategy of attacking the enemy with smaller, but more frequent operations is what some may refer to as the strategy of a thousand cuts," Inspire magazine said, according to a translation by Ben Venzke, an expert on militant publications and CEO of IntelCenter.

"The aim is to bleed the enemy to death."

AQAP said last month's failed parcel bomb operation, where the bomb-loaded printers had been sent from Yemen's capital, Sana, to two synagogues in Chicago, had been cheap to execute.

"Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200," AQAP said.

"We will continue with similar operations and we do not mind at all in this stage if they are intercepted."

"To bring down America we need not strike big," it added.

Soon after the discovery of the explosive printers, AQAP had also claimed responsibility for the crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai in September, but U.S. officials have said that there were no indications that the parcel delivery company's plane had been brought down by an attack.

(Additional reporting by Phil Stewart in Washington; Editing by Myra MacDonald and Doina Chiacu)

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