Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment Biological or chemical weapons such as the bubonic plague. An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, U.S. intelligence official said.
The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria (near the Oran Province which had an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in 2003, see below).
FOX NEWS...The offical said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of al Qaeda in the Land of the Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda's leadership in the tribal region of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan.
The communication suggested that an area sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.
The story was first reported by the British tabloid the Sun, which said the Al Qaeda operatives died after being infected with a strain of bubonic plague, the disease that killed a third of Europe's population in the 14th century.
FROM THE ATLANTA CDC... Bubonic Plague strain from tainted water reservoir; Plague Reappearance in Algeria after 50 Years in 2003. An outbreak of plague occurred in the region of Oran, Algeria, from June to July 2003.
Algeria had not reported this disease for 50 years. Eighteen bubonic cases were identified, and Yersinia pestis was isolated from 6 patients. Except for the index case-patient, all patients recovered. Al Qaeda is believed by U.S. and Western experts to have been pursuing biological weapons since at least the late 1990s. A 2005 report on unconventional weapons drafted by a commission led by former Sen. Charles Robb, Virginia Democrat, and federal appeals court Judge Laurence Silberman concluded that al Qaeda's biological weapons program "was extensive, well organized and operated two years before the Sept. 11, 2001" terror attacks in the U.S.
Targeted chemoprophylaxis, sanitation, and vector control played a crucial role in controlling the outbreak. Epidemiologic and biomolecular findings strongly suggested the existence of a local animal reservoir during this period, but its origin (resurgence or re-importation) could not be determined.
This sudden and unexpected reemergence of plague, close to an important commercial seaport, is a textbook illustration of a public health event of international importance. It also demonstrates that the danger of plague reoccurrence is not limited to the currently indexed natural foci.
See my prior post, Tuesday, September 16, 2008,
Islamic Terrorists Discuss Means of Poisoning the Water Supply of Denmark and Great Britain on al-ekhlaas.net website.
See my prior post, See Prior Post; Tuesday, August 05, 2008, AAFIA SIDDIQUI MANY LINKS TO US TERROR PLOTS INCLUDES POISONING NYC WATER RESERVOIRS WITH ANTHRAX.
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