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Suicide Bombers Video Released

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/09/2010 by securityscene

A suicide bomber who killed ten at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in retaliation for the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader who was killed by an unmanned US drone.

The video was released by Al Jazeera on 9th January 2010. It shows the suicide bomber, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi, 32, as he describes that his attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

Al-Balawi was a Jordanian doctor and a ‘double agent’ who was still loyal to Islamic extremists, he had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence agents and the CIA, being used by both to inform on al-Qaeda and Mujahideen activities.

“This is a message to the enemies of the Umma [nation], to the Jordanian intelligence and the CIA” al-Balawi said on in the video.

“We say that we will never forget the blood of our Emir Baitullah Mehsud, God’s mercy on him.

“To retaliate for his death in the United States and outside the United States will remain an obligation on all emigrants who were harboured by Baitullah Mehsud.”

Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed by a US drone which fired a missile at his house; he was blamed for many suicide bombings and other attacks in the country.

Al-Balawi is said to have been brought over the Pakistani border to the base in eastern Afghanistan, Forward Operating Base Chapman near the city of Khost, after he told the CIA he had information for them, details on the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda second in command.

Details earlier came to light that in September 2009, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi had made a posting on a website run by al-Qaeda. He wrote “If [a Muslim] dies in the cause of Allah, he will grant his words glory that will be permanent marks on the path to guide to jihad, with permission from Allah.

“If love of jihad enters a man’s heart, it will not leave him even if he wants to do so. Indeed, what he sees of luxurious palaces will remind him of positions of the martyrs in the higher heaven.”

He had managed to allay the agencies fears over this statement by telling officers that his postings saying he wanted to be a martyr were all part of his cover.

The suicide bomber is said to have detonated explosives that he had attached to his body while he was standing just outside of the heavily fortified base. Ten people including the bomber were killed in the explosion, this included seven people employed or affiliated with the CIA, including the chief of the base.

Some of those killed were approaching the bomber to perform a search of his person and were standing around 50 feet from the blast site.

The attack was one of the worst against the US intelligence community and certainly the biggest loss of life to CIA staff in more than 25 years.

The Base Chapman attacks and the video just released show that a threat from the inside is a real problem; it also shows strong links between the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Times newspaper had reported that the bombing has also heightened tensions between the US and Pakistan, because it showed that they had not acted strongly enough in stopping the Haqqani network. The Haqqani network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, were part of the targets of the drone attack that al-Balawi said he was acting in retaliation of.

Members of the Haqqani Network have cooperated with Pakistani Taliban, a former commander of the group said, “At times they send suicide attackers to our area, and we give them shelter and find targets for them”. The network has carried out many attacks in the area of the CIA base.

It is thought that the suicide bomber al-Balawi was working within the Haqqani Network and that they instructed him to proceed with the bombing.

US And British Embassies In Yemen Remain Closed

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/04/2010 by securityscene

For the second day the US and British Embassies in Sana, the Yemen capital, remain closed.

The closure is said to be due to a continuing threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist organisation linked to the attempted bombing of a US flight in Detroit on Christmas Day.

Warnings of imminent attacks had been picked up three weeks ago by American military and intelligence personnel. Information led them to believe that 4 suicide bombers had travelled to the Sana area to make an attack against Western targets, most likely US and British Embassies. Officials have said that tactical military strikes have since thwarted those attacks.

The joint US and Yemeni military strikes are said to have killed three of the would-be suicide bombers and the fourth was captured alive by Yemeni special operations forces, with his suicide vest still intact.

Over the weekend the Transportation Security Administration issued new regulations, passengers from 14 nations are to be subjected to “full-body pat-down and physical inspection of property” before they are able to board any aircraft destined for the United States. Those countries include Pakistan, Nigeria and Yemen, and the four nations still listed as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

President Obama’s counterterrorism Chief, John O. Brennan said “Al Qaeda has several hundred members, in fact, in Yemen, and they’ve grown in strength,”.

It is still unclear when the Embassies will re-open.

Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Umar MutallabOn Christmas day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in the United States of America.

The 23 year old had earlier taken a flight from Nigeria to Amsterdam where he then boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit, Michigan.

Umar Mutallab was seen to spend about 20 minutes in the aircrafts bathroom as the plane approached Detroit, he told passengers and crew that he was having stomach problems and he covered himself with a blanket.

As the plane was beginning its decent those nearby heard popping noises and smelled a foul odour, others noticed that Mutallab’s trouser leg and the wall of the aircraft were on fire, he confirmed to concerned crew members that he had an “explosive device” in his pocket.

Brave crew and passengers tackled the man and managed to subdue him while fire extinguishers were used to douse the flames. The aircraft made a safe landing at its destination airport.

Mutallab was promptly arrested and removed by US Authorities; he was taken to hospital where he was treated for severe burns. Reports have stated that while under custody, Umar Mutallab told authorities that he had been instructed by al Qaeda, he obtained the device in Yemen, along with instructions from al Qaeda on how to use it. This claim has since been backed up by an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen claiming responsibility for the attack.

Umar had managed to smuggle in the explosive device by stitching it into the inside of his underpants, a syringe was also brought onto the aircraft and was used to add another ingredient to the explosive mixture.

The mixture created a lethal amount of the explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol Explosive), an effective but fairly unstable explosive that can be made with some simple ingredients and little knowledge.

Shortly after the incident it was shown that the terrorist suspect had recently been a student at University College London, having completed a degree in Engineering. This connection with the United Kingdom started an investigation by British Counter Terrorism agencies including the raiding of an apartment where the accused was said to have lived as a student. Information is now appearing to show that he was radicalised during his time in the UK.

The US Government has also confirmed that the name Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab had been brought to their attention. The young man’s own father, a millionaire Nigerian banker described by The Times as “one of the richest men in Africa”, had gone to the US Embassy in Nigeria to advice them of his sons growing radical opinions, he name was put onto a watch list, but not added to the no fly list that would have stopped him boarding the plane to the US.

The aftermath of the attack caused airports Worldwide to increase security, especially on flights to the United States.  In an attempt to further combat the threat from attacks on aircraft airports and other travel terminus across the world are installing full body scanners, effectively subjecting all passengers to a virtual strip search without being as intrusive as the real thing – see our article about full body scanners.

Umar is currently being held in the Federal Correctional Institution Milan, in Milan, Michigan. He has been charged with bringing a destructive device onto, and attempting to destroy a US civil aircraft.

Much information is becoming available about this case on a daily basis; we will bring you more details as they become available.

Bomb Sewn Into Underpants

US To Undertake Major Terrorism Readiness Exercise

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/25/2009 by securityscene

US Law enforcement and intelligence agencies as well as those around the World are preparing to go on high alert as part of a massive terrorism prevention exercise.

Set to start on Monday, 27th July 2009, the exercise will involve security officials at all levels of the US as well as agencies in Britain, Mexico, Canada and Australia, including federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector officials throughout the United States.

On Monday the US and four other countries will spring in to action, against a fictional terrorist attack somewhere outside of the United States. The plan is then for intelligence to point to a US based follow-up attack, forcing agencies inside of the country to test their coordination, intelligence and terror prevention skills.

The National Level Exercise 2009 or NLE 09, is the first of it’s kind in the US. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said (this) “will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery,”.

“Coordinating with our partners across the United States and around the world is critical to protecting the nation from terrorists attacks,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“The National Level Exercise allows us to test our capabilities in real-time to refine and strengthen our strategies for preventing terrorist attacks.”

The National Level Exercise is said to last for five days, will test a number of scenarios including intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism investigation, border security, infrastructure protection, security alerts and international coordination, FEMA said.

“Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies,” the emergency response agency said.

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USA Possibly Creating Special Interrogation Unit

Posted in news, Politics, terrorism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/19/2009 by securityscene

The United States is currently considering the creation of a special unit of professional interrogators who will be tasked with handling high-value terror suspects.

A government official had told two leading US newspapers about the new unit under condition of anonymity, stating that the government task force on interrogation methods hasn’t yet reported to President Obama.

The role of the team will be more focused on gathering intelligence from some of the Worlds biggest and most important terrorists including Al-Qaeda members and members of other terrorist groups, rather than building criminal cases for prosecution. They will also be used to devise new interrogation methods.

Forming of the new group would not alter the Obama administration’s decision banning harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning, this was authorised by the Bush administration.

The officials said that they have yet to determine which agency should run the new unit, but it won’t be left solely to the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA headed up the interrogations under the Bush administration.

This select, small and specialised interrogation unit would be composed of personnel from the federal government’s intelligence, military, and law agencies, with the CIA and FBI playing big parts.