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Friday, March 14, 2008

Jihadi website posts anthrax manufacturing instructions

This is NOT good news.

A jihadi website has posted two methods for manufacturing anthrax, the deadly chemical that killed five people and wounded seventeen in the United States in 2001.
According to the jihadi forum, the following factors make anthrax the weapon of choice:

• Anthrax is powerful, lethal, cheap and easy to prepare.
• 50 grams of anthrax, when dispersed in a 2-kilometer line, forms a deadly cloud that can cover 20 kilometers.
• One kilogram of anthrax can be produced in a small laboratory in 96 hours.
• Anthrax bacteria spores are available worldwide and can be easily extracted.
• Production costs are low; one kilogram of anthrax bacteria costs about $50 even though a lethal dose can be as little as one millionth of a gram.
• Colorless and odorless anthrax is easily concealed.
• Anthrax is a stable and dry substance that can be easily transported and used.

Before proceeding to anthrax production, al-Faz includes in his posting a picture of one of the anthrax-contaminated letters used in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks that killed five and infected 17 others. Undoubtedly included in an effort to encourage jihadis to try anthrax as a weapon, the letter reads: “You cannot stop us. We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid? Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great.” The photo of the letter in no way establishes a jihadi connection to the still unsolved anthrax attacks—it is one of several released by the FBI and is easily available on the internet.
And while we're not at the point yet where anthrax can be used as a weapon for the masses, we're probably not far away from it either.
Although there is no tangible evidence to confirm that jihadis have produced or procured mass quantities of biological weapons, the use of anthrax spores in bioterrorism has been discussed by jihadis for some time now. In theory, at least, cultivating anthrax spores can be achieved with minimum know-how and equipment, suggesting it is only a matter of time until jihadis succeed in producing some kind of biological weapon. There are, however, many dangers involved in the process and the development of a weaponized aerosol version of the bacterium requires scientific skills and equipment unavailable to most jihadis.
Of course, if the West continues to pooh-pooh the threat of Islamist terrorism or to view it as only affecting Israel, the mass manufacture of anthrax spores is likely to happen much sooner.

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At 2:42 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

An anthrax attack might be a good thing (except for those killed).

It would wake up the West.

In any case it is likely more jihadis will die trying to make the stuff than will be killed.


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