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Tabloid: Bubonic Plague Kills 40 Al Qaeda

From the UK tabloid, The Sun:

Deadliest weapon so far… the plague


ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror — the BLACK DEATH.

At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.

The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.

The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.

It trains Muslim fighters to kill British and US troops.

Now al-Qaeda chiefs fear the plague has been passed to other terror cells — or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

One security source said: “This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease.

“It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaeda.”

Black Death comes in various forms.

Bubonic Plague is spread by bites from infected rat fleas. Symptoms include boils in the groin, neck and armpits. In Pneumonic Plague, airborn [sic] bacteria spread like flu.

It can be in the body for more than a week — highly contagious but not revealing tell-tale symptoms.

The al-Qaeda epidemic began in the cave hideouts of AQLIM in Tizi Ouzou province, 150km east of the capital Algiers. The group, led by wanted terror boss Abdelmalek Droudkal, was forced to turn its shelters in the Yakouren forest into mass graves and flee.

The extremists supporting madman Osama bin Laden went to Bejaia and Jijel provinces — hoping the plague did not go with them.

A source said: “The emirs (leaders) fear surviving terrorists will surrender to escape a horrible death.”

AQLIM boss Droudkal claims to command around 1,000 insurgents. Training camps are also based in Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria.

AQLIM bombed the UN headquarters in Algiers in 2007, killing 41. Attacks across Algeria last year killed at least 70 people.

In an interview last July, Droudkal boasted his cell was in constant contact with other al-Qaeda “brothers”.

Granted The Sun is almost as laughably unreliable as the New York Times.

But in these dark hours we are desperate for any good news.

Except, it has occurred to us that if this is true, it could also mean Al Qaeda is dabbling in bio-terrorism.

Still, we can dream can’t we?


From the Washington Times:

Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment

Biological or chemical weapons

Eli Lake
Monday, January 19, 2009

An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday.

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.

He 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.

“We don’t know if this is biological or chemical,” the official said.

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. But the intelligence official dismissed that claim

So it looks like we were right to be suspicious about it being a chemical experiment by Al Qaeda.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Tabloid: Bubonic Plague Kills 40 Al Qaeda”

  1. nuthingbettertodo says:

    I don’t think it’s too far off the mark.

    From the CDC:

    Plague Reappearance in Algeria after 50 Years, 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. 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.


  2. Alice L. says:

    Something good has come out of this disease!

  3. chestnutt says:

    And the problem is ??????????

    • VMAN says:

      I think the problem would be is that these bozos (and I apologize to bozos everywhere) would get on a plane or cruise ship or go to work in a food processing plant and share it with all of us.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Right on, Vman!! Nothing like a stroll in midtown Manhatten Coughing and touching people as they walk by.

  5. bousquem says:

    The big gamble we are going to have is how long before these idiots manage to get the formula right and bring a chemical or bio weapon into the US and use it properly. When I first saw the article I thought it was natural plague showing up because the terrorists hadn’t bathed in ages so therefore had disease carrying fleas. Maybe if we are all lucky they’ll somehow get nerve gas and expose themselves and only themselves to it in the middle of the desert, they’re dead and we find the source. Watch said source be either one of the crackpots/tin pot dictators in Iran or their cronies, North Korea, or maybe Russia with the way things seem to be shaping up.

    • Helena says:

      They’re incompetent now, but that can’t last forever. My guess is Iran – but I’ll bet you’re right, bousquem, it could easily be Russia, and that’s much scarier.

    • BillK says:

      The issue is the old million monkeys banging on typewriters will eventually end up writing Shakespeare problem.

      Now matter how incompetent they are, given enough tries they’ll get one right.

      As Mr. Bush has stated in the past, we’ll never know of the intelligence communities’ successes, but they only need to get it wrong once.

      Rest assured though that should Iran or North Korea provide them with WMDs, our dear President will have a chat with them about it.

  6. BillK says:

    UK Telegraph report:

    Al-Qaeda cell killed by Black Death ‘was developing biological weapons’

    An al-Qaeda cell killed by the Black Death may have been developing biological weapons when it was infected, it has been reported.

    The group of 40 terrorists were reported to have been killed by the plague at a training camp in Algeria earlier this month.

    It was initially believed that they could have caught the disease through fleas on rats attracted by poor living conditions in their forest hideout.

    But there are now claims the cell was developing the disease as a weapon to use against western cities.

    Experts said that the group was developing chemical and biological weapons.

    Dr Igor Khrupinov, a biological weapons expert at Georgia University, told The Sun: “Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons. And this group has direct communication with other cells around the world.

    “Contagious diseases, like ebola and anthrax, occur in northern Africa. It makes sense that people are trying to use them against Western governments.”

    Dr Khrupinov, who was once a weapons adviser to the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, added: “Instead of using bombs, people with infectious diseases could be walking through cities.

    It was reported last year that up to 100 potential terrorists had attempted to become postgraduate students in Britain in an attempt to use laboratories.

    Ian Kearns, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, told the newspaper: “The biological weapons threat is not going away. We’re not ready for it.”


    Of course if the UK isn’t ready for it, the US is out and out welcoming such an attack.

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