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Thursday, August 10, 2006

London Air Bomb Design May Also Trace To Ramzi Yousef

By J.M. Berger

As many have noted today, the thwarted plot to bomb U.S.-bound airliners appears to date back to Ramzi Yousef's Bojinka 1995 plot.

But the plot may not be the only thing. Yousef's notebooks -- seized in Manila after his arrest -- contained copious notes on the use of peroxide and hydrogen peroxide in liquid-based bombs with a conventional battery detonator.

The major media outlets were reporting late today that the bombs in the latest plot had a peroxide base.

Ramzi Yousef's bomb designs did not retire when he did. As recently as last year, Yousef's designs were being posted to jihadist Web forums.

One design in particular -- dating back to the 1994 Manila operation -- used a Casio digital watch as a detonator timer. The specific model was worn by numerous fighters captured in Afghanistan after September 11.


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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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