World View: Fears Grow of a Next-Generation 'Underwear Bomber'
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Fears grow of a next-generation 'underwear bomber'
- AQAP may be planning attack for Wednesday
- Pakistan accused over terrorist attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan
Fears grow of a next-generation 'underwear bomber'
Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab serving life sentence
With a number of American embassies closed because of feared al-Qaeda
attacks, there are unconfirmed reports that the feared attack could
use the next generation of the underwear bomb that was used in the
failed Christmas day bombing in 2009. This and other technologies are
thought to be developed by Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior terrorist in
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the original developer of
the underwear bomb. One technology is a new liquid explosive that
absorbed into ordinary clothing that becomes explosive once the liquid
dries. Another is a surgically implanted body bomb. It's not thought
that current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) measures can
detect either of these kinds of bombs, though a TSA official says, "As
always, our security posture, which at all times includes a number of
measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond appropriately
to protect the American people from an ever evolving threat picture."
AQAP may be planning attack for Wednesday
There are several reasons why Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
may be planning a spectacular attack on Wednesday, August 7:
American Enterprise Institute
- The last day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period
that has historically seen an increase in terrorist attacks, is
expected to be August 7.
- August 7 marks the 15-year anniversary of the East Africa embassy
bombings in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The
simultaneous attacks raised al Qaeda’s profile to the international
- It also marks the 23-year anniversary of the launch of Operation
Desert Shield. Osama bin Laden, who had returned to Saudi Arabia,
repeatedly and publicly denounced Saudi Arabia’s dependence on the
United States military for protection, which led to his exile in
1992. Bin Laden would issue a fatwa in 1996 calling for American
troops to leave Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan accused over terrorist attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan
On Saturday, a suicide bomber attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, blue
up a marketplace, killed 8 children, killing and wounding dozens of
other Afghans. However, this was actually a foiled terrorist attack
on the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad. According to an Indian
analysis, a range of Indian interests in Afghanistan are being
systematically targeted by Pakistan-based terror groups, such
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, and Pakistan's
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is directly involved. Afghan
officials are openly blaming Pakistan for attacks on Indian targets.
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul stated:
"[Those responsible for the Jalalabad assault] and
their financial, ideological and logistical sponsors must realize
that they cannot shake the close and strong bond of friendship and
partnership between Afghanistan and India through terrorism.
Afghanistan will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of
Indian diplomatic personnel and the Afghan Government is
determined to counter the efforts of those inimical to India's
friendship with Afghanistan."
India is strengthening its age-old relations with Afghanistan, which
is significantly shaking the Pakistan government, where the hope was
that Afghanistan could be annexed as a vassal state after the 2014
U.S. withdrawal. From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, as
I've written many times over the past several years, Afghanistan is
headed for a proxy war between India and Pakistan as part of a major
re-fighting of the genocidal war between Sunni Muslims versus Hindus
and Shia Muslims that followed Partition, the 1947 partitioning of the
Indian subcontinent into Pakistan and India. South Asia Terrorism Portal
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