jihadology.net (June 3, 2011)
“Al-Qaida Issues New Mail Bombing Threat”
June 15, 2011
SNIPPET: “The FBI has issued a new warning about an al-Qaida-inspired plot to assassinate key government and private sector individuals with mail bombs.
The plot is only “aspirational,” says a report reviewed by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. But FBI officials have expressed concern about the actions of lone wolf attackers already in the United States.
The threats follow a June 3 video featuring American al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn “in which he encourages acts of individual jihad, members of several extremist Web forums posted names of companies and its leaders to target,” the FBI warning said. That video appeared initially on the closed al-Qaida web forum Shumukh al-Islam.
The threat has since gone viral, appearing in major forums like Ansar al-Mujahideen and Somali terrorist site Al-Qimmah.
A translation of the text of the threat by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, taken from the original posting, provides more detail on the planned attacks.
“The Idea Determine lists of the names of individual actors in the Zionist-Crusader war on our Ummah [nation], from the directors of companies, supporters of the war, and media organizations that support the false propaganda, and the instigating members of Congress,” states Shumukh al-Islam participant Yaman Mukhadab. “[There will be] a focus only on the most hostile countries, America, Britain, and France.”
The list of names includes President Obama, along with key generals, and senior intelligence officials, as well as private counterterrorism experts like IPT Executive Director Steven Emerson, Daniel Pipes, and Yigal Carmon of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Preacher John Hagee is identified for his outspoken support for Israel, and Coca-Cola is called “proud sponsors of the 2003 Iraq invasion.”
The addresses of several branches of the RAND Corp., considered to be the “devil’s workshop” by members of jihadi forum Ansar al-Mujahideen, also are listed. The RAND Corporation regularly figures into Islamist conspiracies about the West’s War on Islam, because of its reports about strengthening moderate forms of Islam. “One should not underestimate the potential negative impact” of RAND’s push for moderate Islam, notes American cleric Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, because the company is “known to have close readership among key American political and military leaders.”
Although threats on prominent Americans may not be new, America’s recent rash of strikes on al-Qaida figures has ratcheted up the terrorists’ need for revenge.
“A previous video from Gadahn in March 2010 similarly called for small attacks in the United States, but failed to have any observable significant resonance within the online extremist community,” the FBI report noted. “However, UBL’s death may be creating a wider or more receptive audience for AQ core propaganda messages and be a catalyst for reactions from individuals inspired by the AQ message.” The recent killings of prominent al-Qaida leader Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and the reported killing of Ilyas Kashmiri have also elicited calls for revenge.
Notably, the post calls for sending “booby-trapped parcels” to the residential addresses of dozens of government officials and private individuals.
Al-Qaida has already recommended the use of mail bombs against American targets in the past. “$4,200” was the title of November 2010 issue of al-Qaida’s Inspire Magazine, highlighting how little it cost for the group to launch major attacks through the mail.”
Note: Photos included.
Seeking Information Against International Terrorism
Adam Yahiye Gadahn
Up to $1 Million Reward
Date of Birth : September 1, 1978
Place of Birth : United States
Citizenship : American
Height : 5’11” (180 cm)
Weight : 210 lbs (95 kg)
Hair : Brown
Eyes : Brown/Hazel
Sex : Male
Complexion : Light
Build : Medium
Languages : Arabic, English
Scars and Marks : Gadahn has scars on his chest and right forearm.
Aliases : Azzam al Amriki, Azzam the American, Abu Suhayb al Amriki, Abu Suhail al Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, Yayah
Adam Yahiye Gadahn was indicted in the Central District of California for treason and material support to al-Qa’ida. The charges are related to Gadahn’s alleged involvement in a number of terrorist activities, including providing aid and comfort to al-Qa’ida and services for al-Qa’ida.
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