Al-Qaeda's new playbook counts on chemical attack
The plan, called al-Qaeda Airlines, focuses on creating the knock-out drug chloroform and smuggling it onto airplanes. The recipe is demonstrated in five online videos supplementing the magazine, which is produced by The Global Islamic Front of Jihad and Jews and Crusaders, ABC 7 Chicago reports.
The magazine also discusses how to administer the chemical to an unsuspecting victim on an airplane.
Barry Kellman, a DePaul University terrorism expert, was surprised that al-Qaeda leaders would teach followers how to make the chemical, which has limited use.
"Chloroform is a pretty low-grade toxic chemical," Kellman said, ABC 7 Chicago reports. "If this is the worst they are working with I would almost take that as good news. It's never good news when someone is working with something deadly but you're not going to be able to kill a lot of people."
The producer of the magazine may be Abdullah Dhu al Bajadin, an al-Qaeda explosives expert. Kellman said that like chloroform, other chemical and biological agents could be brought on board a plane as well.
"We're going to be able to keep metal things off planes but we're not going to be able to keep the sort of chemicals or especially biological agents, whether it's a modified flu virus or a modified plague, something that catches, something they don't have to inflict on every victim, the victims will inflict it on each other unknowingly," Kellman said, according to ABC 7 Chicago. "The capacity for making those bugs increases every day and it's, at some point, bad guys are going to get the capacity to come up with something that could truly be devastating."