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Is This Man the Next bin Laden?

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Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 03:49 PM

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A cunning al-Qaida operative named Ibrahim al-Asiri is fast gaining attention as one of the world’s most diabolical and deadly terrorists — one as fearsome as Osama bin Laden.

Al-Asiri’s most chilling talent is the invention of bombs that can evade even the most sophisticated, state-of-the art detection systems.

One of them can be surgically implanted inside a human body.

The Daily Beast’s Daniel Klaidman reports that U.S. intelligence officials recently reviewed a secret report detailing how al-Asiri and several doctors developed the twisted technique.

"It was almost like something you’d see in Scientific American," a source told Klaidman.
Al-Asiri, a former chemistry student, was the mastermind behind the bomb that came close to killing Saudi Prince Muhammed Bin Nayef in 2009.

He sewed explosives into the underwear of his brother and fellow terrorist, Abdullah, who acted as a suicide bomber and ended up dying in the ill-fated attack.

Months later, a bomb he placed in printer-ink cartridges, came close to exploding a commercial airliner over Detroit, Mich. — only being foiled at the last minute by an informant.

Al-Asiri’s explosives are particularly diabolical because they are mostly made of liquids that contain no metal — allowing them to pass through many detectors without alarms going off.

Clothes dipped in the liquids reportedly become explosive when dry, two senior US security sources told ABC news.

The liquid explosives are believed to have been developed in tandem with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a Yemen-based Islamist group.

And al-Asiri is moving ahead in his plans to inflict death and destruction against his perceived enemies.

According to the National Post, he has been planning terrorist attacks targeting "foreign offices and organizations and Yemeni installations."

The Daily Beast says President Barack Obama gets regular updates on al-Asiri and has had discussions about "killing or otherwise neutralizing" him.

Al-Asiri, 31, was raised in a military family in Riyadh and spent time in jail for attempting to sneak into Iraq to join Islamist insurgents.

At the age of 27, he was named as one of Saudi Arabia’s most wanted terrorists and two years later was added to a similar U.S. list.


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