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Al-Qaeda woos recruits with nuclear bomb website
The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 11/05/05 | Uzi Mahnaimi and Tom Walker

Posted on 11/05/2005 5:08:05 PM PST by Pokey78

AN Al-Qaeda website containing detailed instructions in Arabic on how to make nuclear, “dirty” and biological bombs has attracted more than 57,000 hits and hundreds of readers’ inquiries. Terrorism experts are warning that the site could be boosting the organisation’s appeal to would-be assassins in Britain and abroad. The manual, posted on October 6 on a forum titled Al-Firdaws, or Paradise, contains 80 pages of instructions and pictures of kitchen bomb-making techniques. It is divided into nine lessons under the overall heading The Nuclear Bomb of Jihad and the Way to Enrich Uranium, and is dedicated as a “gift to the commander of the jihad fighters, Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, for the purpose of jihad for the sake of Allah”.

As well as describing how to make a nuclear bomb from enriched uranium — impossible for the layman — the manual explains how to make simple bombs that can blow up anything from electrical generators to petrol stations.

The site encourages its readers to look for materials such as radium, which it says is an “effective alternative to uranium and available on the market”. It is unclear who the author is or where he is based: he describes himself simply as “Layth al-Islam”, or the “Lion of Islam”, belonging to a group called “the Black Flags”.

“Fight them so that Allah will punish them at your hands and will put them to shame and will give you victory over them,” he writes, quoting the Koran. “Perhaps nuclear weapons represent a technology of the 1940s. However, the Crusaders, the allies of the Satan, Allah’s curse be upon them, insist on depriving the jihad fighters of the right to have these weapons.”

The site’s appeal is evident from the enthusiasm of its correspondents. One of the most recent, Mariyam al-Jihadiyya, writes: “God bless you for this precious topic . . . fight them, through your hands God tortures them . . . and heal the hearts of the faithful people.” Beneath she includes a couple of pictures for her hero. “I love you, Osama,” she writes.

Other users complain that not all the site’s links are activated, and several urge caution. “Don’t talk about things you don’t understand,” writes one. For enthusiasts there are links to a mailing service that provides regular updates on bomb-making techniques.

Nuclear physicists were alarmed by the site. “Normally you just get generic principles, but this appears to be more like a proper instruction manual,” said John Hassard, reader in physics at Imperial College, London. “The thing about this website that is striking is that it is very particular. A lot of effort has been put into it.”

He said that while it was highly unlikely that amateur bomb-builders could get hold of fissile material, smuggling networks with access to nuclear materials from the break-up of the Soviet Union could use the information.

“It is a very real threat and one which we can’t afford to ignore,” he said. “I would say this is public enemy No 1.”

Experts on Al-Qaeda said the organisation appeared to be moving from a phase where it preached a fatwa permitting the use of weapons of mass destruction — issued two years ago — to one where it encourages its followers to produce both “dirty” bombs and smaller devices similar to those used in the London Tube attacks.

“Al-Qaeda strives to move directly from the stage of obtaining the WMD to the stage of using it,” said Matti Steinberg, an Israeli expert on the organisation. He said efforts by Al-Qaeda, whose members are Sunni Muslims, to produce a nuclear weapon also reflected its fear that Shi’ite Iran was on the brink of producing a bomb. Bin Laden wanted to “balance the efforts by Iran to obtain the first Shi’ite bomb by building the first Sunni one”.

While assessing the website’s influence on young British Muslims is difficult, terror experts believe it is an important potential recruiting tool.

Jeevan Deol, a terrorism analyst at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, said that while Al-Qaeda could not match western military capabilities and intelligence, its use of “cyberwarfare” helped redress the balance.

“They are using the web in a focused way for propaganda and recruiting,” said Deol. “Some jihadi kid in Leeds clicks on it and thinks, ‘Wow, 50,000 hits — we don’t see Osama on telly any longer but we’re big, we’re bad and extremely engaged in all these things’.”

Additional reporting: Widiane Moussa and Flora Bagenal


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedanukes; gwot; nuclear; nuclearbomb; nuclearweapons; nukes; recruits; terrorists; waronterror; wmd; wot

1 posted on 11/05/2005 5:08:05 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78

Why aren't these sites shut down?


2 posted on 11/05/2005 5:11:05 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker!)
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To: Pokey78

"Nuclear physicists were alarmed by the site. “Normally you just get generic principles, but this appears to be more like a proper instruction manual,” said John Hassard, reader in physics at Imperial College, London"

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Great, he has to go and confirm it publicly.


3 posted on 11/05/2005 5:11:20 PM PST by FairOpinion (CA Props: Vote for Reform: YES on 73-78, NO on 79 & 80, NO on Y)
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To: Pokey78

where is the link to the website?

I want to save a copy of it before it gets knocked down and hidden by the treasonous left-wing here in the usa!


4 posted on 11/05/2005 5:14:19 PM PST by soltice
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To: Pokey78

The United States should indicate that such WEB operations will be blown up and then proceed to do just that.


5 posted on 11/05/2005 5:16:16 PM PST by putupjob
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To: Pokey78

http://alfirdaws.org/forums/showthread.php?t=5268&page=1&pp=10

Here is the one containing some physics information - I cannot translate it.


6 posted on 11/05/2005 5:17:31 PM PST by soltice
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To: Pokey78

THis document has been removed from MEMRI --- why?

http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD100405

Special Dispatch Series - No. 1004
October 12, 2005 No.1004

On Islamic Websites: A Guide for Preparing Nuclear Weapons

Alongside the numerous documents posted on Islamist websites on how to prepare various types of explosives, "An Encyclopedia for the Preparation of Nuclear Weapons" has recently appeared on such websites. The "Encyclopedia" was posted on October 6, 2005 on the Islamist forum Al-Firdaws [1] ("Paradise"), by someone whose nom de guerre is Layth Al-Islam ("The Lion of Islam"). A link to a slightly different version appeared on October 9 in a Yahoo! discussion group called " mujahedon." [2]


The "Encyclopedia," which contains nine lessons in approximately 80 pages in Arabic, was published under the title "The Nuclear Bomb of Jihad and the Way to Enrich Uranium" and was presented as "a gift to the commander of the Jihad fighters, Sheikh Osama bin Laden, for the purpose of Jihad for the sake of Allah."

The "Encyclopedia" was published as "a scientific research by Jihad Fighter No. 1," who wrote: "For the past two years, I have been studying nuclear physics through various scientific forums and Jihadist forums. Similarly, I have been studying the technology of missiles and various types of explosives and explosive devices.

"I believe that the strategic balance of Jihad fighters from a military point of view cannot change without proper scientific progress. However, this kind of progress, along with the [necessary] experiments, require laboratories. Therefore, my brother the Jihad fighter, I have tried to present experiments that are simple and within your capabilities, or, as is commonly said, [that can be conducted] in the kitchen."

The "Encyclopedia," states:

"Perhaps nuclear weapons represent a technology of the 1940s. However, the Crusaders – the allies of Satan, Allah's curse be upon them – insist upon depriving the Jihad fighters of the right to [have] these weapons. But now the Jihad fighters have acquired technological skills that enable them, with Allah's help, to understand this [nuclear weapons] technology. Thus, they are able to make a major leap forward in producing this kind of strategic weapon, even in the kitchens of their homes.

"What is important now [to recall] is that the nuclear device is a bomb with special qualities, which requires means for its transportation to its final goal – whether it be carried by an airplane or a missile. Hence, it is very important to acquire knowledge about missiles as a means of carrying and launching.

"I shall begin, with Allah's help, with a number of lessons, starting with the clarification of the idea, until we reach the [stage of] experimentation and implementation, with the support of Allah's might."

The nine lessons that follow the introduction include a historical survey of the development of nuclear science, explanations about natural radioactivity, the nuclear qualities of certain materials, critical mass, the construction of nuclear weapons, and the extraction of radium.

The "Encyclopedia" opens with Koranic verse 9:14 -15: "Fight them so that Allah will punish them at your hands and will put them to shame and will give you victory over them, and will heal the hearts of a believing people, and will remove the anger of their hearts. Allah forgives whoever he wishes, for Allah is omniscient and wise."






[1] http://alfirdaws.org/forums/showthread.php?t=5268&page=1&pp=10.

[2] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mojahedon/message/45. This translation is of the version at the Yahoo! link.


7 posted on 11/05/2005 5:19:40 PM PST by soltice
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To: soltice

"where is the link to the website?"

http://www.sonic.net/~paul/humour/msg00301.html


8 posted on 11/05/2005 5:23:56 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: bnelson44; Chieftain

OHHHHH-kay?

It is called the world wide web...how would you propose to "shut them down "?


9 posted on 11/05/2005 5:24:19 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Just call me a cynical right wing nutjob!)
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To: bnelson44
Why aren't these sites shut down?

As I understand it, our intelligence services actually have to fight off hackers to help keep them open, because they want to see who visits them and they prefer to have known sites rather than unknown ones.

On the other hand, I don't have the greatest confidence in our intelligence services.

10 posted on 11/05/2005 5:25:50 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bnelson44
Better yet, why don't we track down the owners/operators of these sites and kill them? We seem to be able to track down kiddie porn distributors fairly well.
11 posted on 11/05/2005 5:26:25 PM PST by manwiththehands (Big Lie #1: "Islam is a peaceful religion"; Big Lie #2: Bush "lied")
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To: FairOpinion

Building a basic atomic bomb on 1940's principals is east for any decent machinist.....It's the fisionable material that is lacking.....If that could be obtained by terrorists, all bets are off....

Yields would be small and the bomb would not be fully efficient by any current standard but would easily destroy the downtown areas of any major US city and throw fallout over a large area.....

These plans have been out there for years.......nothing new but fisionable material in the hands of unstable regimes....(Iran, NK, etc.....)

This will happen...it's only a matter of when.....


12 posted on 11/05/2005 5:27:08 PM PST by nevergore (“It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.”)
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To: Pokey78

A simple story/article, but to me, it spins outward in many directions. Social, political, futurist, technological.

I've had my itsy bitsy lil blog up for a couple of weeks now, and it's been rather a learning experience. I tried to tell myself ..... watch your manners. Try not to offend too many people. Balance. Courtesy.

Then I read an article like this, and I start saying rude things about the left, under my breath. So, the left can shed a mountain of faux tears for terrorists in custody. They can crap all over the spirit of this country. But, I say to my fellow Americans here. All be true to ourselves.

Live the life we dream. Share in the joy and beauty that is life. But always keep an eye on the bugs crawling along the floor.


13 posted on 11/05/2005 5:28:36 PM PST by anechoicroom.blogspot.com
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To: Cicero

Well, considering the FACT that someone in the CIA is regularly leaking classified (or covert? I get confused about the difference) info to the MSM.....

I don't have ANY confidence in the CIA any more.


14 posted on 11/05/2005 5:32:26 PM PST by XenaLee
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To: bnelson44

Hack them or let Mr. Cruise Missile visit the server.


15 posted on 11/05/2005 5:32:31 PM PST by doug from upland (David Kendall -- protecting the Clintons one lie at a time)
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To: manwiththehands
Better yet,

Better yet yet, why don't we hack the site and change the instructions so that when the instructions are followed, they blow themselves up.

16 posted on 11/05/2005 5:34:58 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: CommandoFrank

LOL!


17 posted on 11/05/2005 5:35:29 PM PST by manwiththehands (Big Lie #1: "Islam is a peaceful religion"; Big Lie #2: Bush "lied")
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To: Pokey78

Here's where to direct the cruise missle:

Domain ID:D107336539-LROR
Domain Name:ALFIRDAWS.ORG
Created On:31-Aug-2005 23:30:49 UTC
Last Updated On:31-Oct-2005 04:21:29 UTC
Expiration Date:31-Aug-2006 23:30:49 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Tucows Inc. (R11-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:tu8wv3qUE2Kjk6Tg
Registrant Name:marwan alansary
Registrant Organization:Al-Firdaws Company
Registrant Street1:62 Zahran street, Amman 11183 Jordan
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Amman
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:00962
Registrant Country:JO
Registrant Phone:+1.00962222222
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:alfirdaws@gmail.com
Admin ID:tu8wv3qUE2Kjk6Tg
Admin Name:marwan alansary
Admin Organization:Al-Firdaws Company
Admin Street1:62 Zahran street, Amman 11183 Jordan
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Amman
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code:00962
Admin Country:JO
Admin Phone:+1.00962222222
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:alfirdaws@gmail.com
Tech ID:tu8wv3qUE2Kjk6Tg
Tech Name:marwan alansary
Tech Organization:Al-Firdaws Company
Tech Street1:62 Zahran street, Amman 11183 Jordan
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Amman
Tech State/Province:
Tech Postal Code:00962
Tech Country:JO
Tech Phone:+1.00962222222
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:alfirdaws@gmail.com
Name Server:NS3.IXWEBHOSTING.COM
Name Server:NS4.IXWEBHOSTING.COM


18 posted on 11/05/2005 5:36:20 PM PST by samtheman
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To: CommandoFrank

"Better yet yet, why don't we hack the site and change the instructions so that when the instructions are followed, they blow themselves up."


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I like the way you think. :)


19 posted on 11/05/2005 5:38:25 PM PST by FairOpinion (CA Props: Vote for Reform: YES on 73-78, NO on 79 & 80, NO on Y)
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To: BulletBobCo

I've seen that one - but this is hardly a humorous situation.

I managed to get a copy of their postings - it almost crashed my computer copying some of those graphics (they DO send encoded messages within a GIF or JPG). My PC's security will isolate any potential threat from any emberded virus in the graphics. They did have a lot of tracking software on their web sites to trace who is viewing them


20 posted on 11/05/2005 5:40:32 PM PST by soltice
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To: bnelson44

They leave them up so they can bust curios citizens. It makes the fuzz look good.


21 posted on 11/05/2005 5:45:24 PM PST by PositiveCogins
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To: FairOpinion
Who's to say he's confirming working plans?
22 posted on 11/05/2005 5:54:19 PM PST by Bogey78O (Live from Hurricane Katrina- Western St. Tammany Division)
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To: Bogey78O

I had a look at that website, but the only impression that I got is that modern-day muslim extremists know more about 1400+ year old nonsense from some false prophet's book than about nuclear weapons.


23 posted on 11/05/2005 5:57:46 PM PST by Bazooka (Just say what you think. They hate our guts anyway.)
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To: soltice

Thanks for the info.

I hope some of that tracking software belongs to the CIA and they track the terrorists visiting the site ( and can tell the difference between real terrorists and curious, interested people)


24 posted on 11/05/2005 6:04:30 PM PST by FairOpinion (CA Props: Vote for Reform: YES on 73-78, NO on 79 & 80, NO on Y)
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To: samtheman

Interesting location of the actual web server for these "jihadists" ...

OrgName: Hosting-Network GmbH
OrgID: HOSTI-3
Address: 247 Mitch Lane
City: Hopkinsville
StateProv: KY
PostalCode: 42240
Country: US


25 posted on 11/05/2005 6:16:40 PM PST by soltice
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To: soltice

Looks like ixWebhosting, a commercial webhosting company. They should be held liable for this.


26 posted on 11/05/2005 6:19:08 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Pokey78

Join Al Qaeda and die for nothing.


27 posted on 11/05/2005 6:43:51 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: nevergore
Building a basic atomic bomb on 1940's principals is east for any decent machinist.....

One can easily look at the blue prints for the U.S. Mark-III nuclear weapon (FatMan) as it is entire declassified except for the nuclear trigger. Much of the Mark-I bomb (Littleboy) design is also declassified. The truth is a nuclear bomb using HEU is a very simple design and would not be difficult to build. The challenge would be getting enough HEU, forming it into the necessary shapes, and then getting the high explosive shaped charged to detonate properly.

28 posted on 11/05/2005 6:48:01 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (http://www.navyfield.com)
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To: COEXERJ145

The sad issue is even if they are somewhat off on the charge and the shape, they device would still go "atomic" although the yield would be less......depending on the size, quality and amount of fissionable material a Hiroshima size yield could be expected.


29 posted on 11/05/2005 6:52:58 PM PST by nevergore (“It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.”)
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To: nevergore
It's possible but they might also might end up with nothing but a radiological bomb which doesn't produce nuclear yield. The main obstacle is getting enough highly enriched uranium (60% or better U-235) which isn't easy to come by. Reactor fuel wouldn't be good enough.
30 posted on 11/05/2005 7:42:37 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (http://www.navyfield.com)
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To: bnelson44
"Why aren't these sites shut down?"

The site is hosted by "Al-Firdaws Company" in Amman, Jordan (from an Internet whois query on the domain shown in comment #6).

I'm surprised, because I assumed that it was probably another site hosted in Britain.
31 posted on 11/05/2005 7:50:12 PM PST by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: soltice

Hi Soltice.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mojahedon/

FYI...That was one of the links, but now the yahoo group is:
"Group not found."


32 posted on 11/05/2005 8:19:45 PM PST by Cindy
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To: CommandoFrank

Hacking is a crime.
I understand your sentiment, though.

It seems there are a lot more work accidents lately
in the news. Careless terrorists, I guess.


33 posted on 11/05/2005 8:21:44 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Bazooka

OPINION: The jihadis like to mirror their sites, cut and paste to other sites, etc.


34 posted on 11/05/2005 8:23:35 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Hacking is a crime.

As is building bombs to kill people...

35 posted on 11/05/2005 8:27:22 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: CommandoFrank

Yep.


36 posted on 11/05/2005 8:40:21 PM PST by Cindy
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To: soltice

It hasn't been removed from memri.org.

The links found on the front web site of memri.org
are temporary urls.


37 posted on 11/05/2005 8:43:28 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
On The Net...

"memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP100405"

38 posted on 11/05/2005 9:34:47 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Gucho; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; All

OFF TOPIC...

http://www.internet-haganah.us/harchives/005257.html
05 November 2005
"Speaking of the next generation of jihadi terrorists..."

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ON THE NET...

http://www.mujahedon.net



39 posted on 11/05/2005 9:58:00 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Pokey78

40 posted on 11/06/2005 10:36:40 AM PST by rickmichaels (The first casualty of war is a moonbat's brain.)
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To: Pokey78

B...but Islam is the religion of peace. Why would they be interested in such a site? Hmmm?


41 posted on 11/06/2005 1:48:44 PM PST by hershey
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