Urgent Military Command: “Blessed Jihad throughout the World”

ALERT: Expect more truck bombs to target U.S. & Western assets, including hotels, embassies, military installations, etc.

Analysis by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director & By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

Additional analysis provided by Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs Expert

Intelligence and graphics courtesy of “Archangel”

22 September 2008: At least 57 people, including the Czech ambassador to Pakistan and three Americans based at the U.S. Embassy were killed Saturday after a truck bomb was detonated by Islamic terrorists at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. At least 266 others were wounded. The death toll from the blast may rise, according to sources at the scene.

The truck bomb was constructed of at least 1300 pounds of military grade explosives. The blast left a crater nearly 60 feet wide and 24 feet deep. From start to finish, from planning through the execution phases, the bombing contained all of the hallmarks of an al Qaeda operation.

According to intelligence obtained and developed last week that was published on this web site HERE and HERE, expect more such bombings against U.S. and Western assets in the coming days and weeks.

According to Arabic language communications obtained by independent intelligence analyst “Archangel,” senior terrorist leaders are publishing specific instructions to terrorist operatives on methods of circumventing vehicle barriers at desirable target locations, indicating the continued intended use of vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), or truck bombs. Videos explaining how such barriers are designed and operate have recently been uploaded to the Internet. Additionally, steps recommended to take out guards at entry gates to allow the VBIEDs unfettered access to the target areas have been published in Arabic.

On one terrorist forum, a senior operative who is well established and highly regarded within their community of Islamic terrorists, posted the following graphic initially published by STRATFOR, a well known U.S. based web site that provides strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs:
“Urgent military command - a blessed jihad throughout the world”As noted by this agency within the last week, numerous factors indicated the onset of some type of terrorist operations, particularly against U.S. and Western assets located within Europe and the U.S. These factors continue to be operative, and heightened alert is recommended by all. Based on what we are seeing, it would appear that there is a resurgence of truck style bombings in the works. It “began” with the U.S. embassy bombing in Yemen, and will not likely end with the Marriott, according to independent analyst Randy Taylor.

Concurrent with the embassy and hotel bombings, intelligence asset “Archangel” secured communications that are consistent with a larger “go order,” or a command to terrorist operatives to initiate a renewed and extensive bombing campaign like we have seen in Yemen and Pakistan.

Additional analytical consideration, offered by Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs Expert

The historical hallmark of a major Al Qaeda attack on civil infrastructure is that they have virtually all occurred in the national capital (or financial capital) of the nation being attacked. Military and specifically Jewish targets occur wherever the military or Jewish target is located in the world.

Al Qaeda’s largest assault was directed at New York and Washington, DC. The American financial and national capital each had two hijack-strike teams assigned to conduct the airborne assaults. A historical listing of Al Qaeda VBIED ground assaults against civil targets includes Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Nairobi, Kenya; A commercial flight from Paris, France; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Djkarta, Indonesia; Madrid, Spain; London, UK; Amman, Jordan; Algiers, Algeria; Baghdad, Iraq; and most recently in San’aa, Yemen and Islamabad, Pakistan.

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