Monday 26 February 2018

Al-Qaeda parcel bomb attacks a 'good bargain'

Richard Spencer

Al-Qaeda has said the parcel bomb attacks which were uncovered in Britain and Dubai at the end of last month cost €3,000, a sum it described as a "good bargain".

In an unusually detailed claim of responsibility, the group's online English-language magazine, Inspire, described how it went about the attack.

"Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200 (€3,075)," the article said. "We will continue with similar operations and we do not mind at all in this stage if they are intercepted.

"To bring down America we need not strike big."

It compared the cost to themselves with the extra "billions of dollars" that the West would now spend on extra security measures. "This is what we call leverage," it said.

Western analysts believe that while al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan are still focused on major operations, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is more interested in spreading confusion by a rash of "pin-prick" attacks.

The article will strengthen that view - though will not settle the question of whether this is considered policy or a sign of weakness.

The last edition of "Inspire" argued that militants inside America and European countries could conduct their own attacks to undermine confidence from within.

"It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange of a few months of work and a few thousand bucks," the new article said.

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