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    Originally posted by CNN
    Jordan says major al Qaeda plot disrupted
    Authorities: Chemical cloud would have been released in Amman
    Monday, April 26, 2004 Posted: 3:54 PM EDT (1954 GMT)



    Jordanian officials seized tons of chemicals in what they say was an Al Qaeda chemical attack plot.

    Jordanians say they thwarted an al Qaeda bomb plot that would have been worse than 9/11 attack. See the suspected terrorists' taped confessions on CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown at 10 pm ET.


    AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Jordanian authorities said Monday they have broken up an alleged al Qaeda plot that would have unleashed a deadly cloud of chemicals in the heart of Jordan's capital, Amman.

    The plot would have been more deadly than anything al Qaeda has done before, including the September 11 attacks, according to the Jordanian government.

    Among the alleged targets were the U.S. Embassy, the Jordanian prime minister's office and the headquarters of Jordanian intelligence.

    U.S. intelligence officials expressed caution about whether the chemicals captured by Jordanian authorities were intended to create a "toxic cloud" chemical weapon, but they said the large quantities involved were at a minimum intended to create "massive explosions."

    Officials said there is debate within the CIA and other U.S. agencies over whether the plotters were planning to kill innocent people using toxic chemicals.

    At issue is the presence of a large quantity of sulfuric acid among the tons of chemicals seized by Jordanian authorities. Sulfuric acid can be used as a blister agent, but it more commonly can increase the size of conventional explosions, according to U.S. officials.

    Nevertheless, U.S. intelligence officials called the capture of tons of chemicals that together could create several large conventional explosions "a big deal."

    The plot was within days of being carried out, Jordanian officials said, when security forces broke it up April 20.

    In a nighttime raid in Amman, Jordanian security forces moved in on the terrorist cell. After the shooting stopped, four men were dead. Jordanian authorities said. They said at least three others were arrested, including Azmi Jayyousi, the cell's suspected ringleader, whom Jordanian intelligence alleges was responsible for planning and recruiting.

    On a confession shown on state-run Jordanian television, Jayyousi said he took orders from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a suspected terrorist leader who has been linked to al Qaeda and whom U.S. officials have said is behind some attacks in Iraq.

    "I took explosives courses, poisons high level, then I pledged allegiance to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to obey him without any questioning," Jayyousi said.


    Jordanian authorities said Azmi Jayyousi was the suspected ringleader in an alleged al Qaeda plot.
    Jordanian intelligence suspects Jayyousi returned from Iraq in January after a meeting with al-Zarqawi in which they allegedly plotted to hit the three targets in Amman.

    In a series of raids, the Jordanians said, they seized 20 tons of chemicals and numerous explosives. Also seized were three trucks equipped with specially modified plows, apparently designed to crash through security barricades.

    The first alleged target was the Jordanian intelligence headquarters. The alleged blast was intended to be a big one.

    "According to my experience as an explosives expert, the whole of the Intelligence Department will be destroyed, and nothing of it will remain, nor anything surrounding it," Jayyousi said.

    Details of the alleged plot were shown Monday on Jordanian television, including graphics of how the cell apparently intended to carry out the attack.

    In an videotape shown on Jordanian TV, Hussein Sharif said Jayyousi recruited him as a suicide bomber.

    "The aim, Azmi told me, was to execute an operation to strike Jordan and the Hashemite Royal family, a war against the crusaders and infidels," Sharif said. "Azmi told me that this will be the first chemical attack that al Qaeda will execute."

    Jordanian authorities said the attack would have mixed a combination of 71 lethal chemicals, which they said has never been done before, including blistering agents to cause third-degree burns, nerve gas and choking agents.


    In a videotape shown on Jordanian TV, Hussein Sharif said he was recruited as a suicide bomber.
    A Jordanian government scientist said the plot had been carefully worked out, with just the right amount of explosives to spread the deadly cloud without diminishing the effects of the chemicals. The blast would not burn up the poisonous chemicals but instead produce a toxic cloud, the scientist said, possibly spreading for a mile, maybe more.

    The Jordanian intelligence buildings are within a mile of a large medical center, a shopping mall and a residential area.

    "And there is no one combination of antidote to treat nerve agent, choking agent and blistering agent," the scientist said.

    Al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, has been accused of plotting chemical attacks before, and authorities said it would not be his first attempt to strike Jordan.

    In 2000, a Jordanian court charged him in absentia with planning to blow up a hotel and attack tourist destinations.

    U.S. officials have said he was behind the 2002 assassination of American diplomat Lawrence Foley, who was gunned down outside his home in Amman.

    According to the televised confessions, $170,000 came from Zarqawi via messengers from Syria.

    In last week's raid, Jordanian forces seized cash, bomb-making equipment and weapons, investigators said.

    CNN was not allowed access to any of those arrested. But the videotaped confessions offer a rare glimpse inside an alleged terrorist operation.

    The Jordanian government said the videotapes were made with the full cooperation of the suspects and their attorneys.

    CNN's John Vause, Henry Schuster and David Ensor contributed to this report.
    What was al-Zarqawi up to on this? Was this attack directed at Jordon, or was it a dress rehearsal for something else, the Olympics maybe. Is this a new tactical weapon that they were testing? Any ideas on this?
    Last edited by Priest; 27 Apr 04, 05:15.

  • #2
    I seem to recall some people in here recently claiming Jordan to be a part of the axis of evil! obviously the terrorists see tham more as an ally of the US, which they are.

    Anyway, it seems these people will stop at nothing to reak havoc and kill and injure people. It just proves the relationship these people have with thier chosen religion is just aesthetic, what a hideous thing to do to someone, i doubt they have any love for Alla or other followers of the religion. Its a pity many dedicated believers will suffer from the actions of these few.
    Not lip service, nor obsequious homage to superiors, nor servile observance of forms and customs...the Australian army is proof that individualism is the best and not the worst foundation upon which to build up collective discipline - General Monash

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    • #3
      Hasn't Jordan been trying to distance itself from Bush and the Iraq war lately?

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      • #4
        There are reports that Jordania grossly overinflated the real threat.

        But I agree that an incident of such magnitude will probably happen one day or the other.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Temujin
          I seem to recall some people in here recently claiming Jordan to be a part of the axis of evil! obviously the terrorists see tham more as an ally of the US, which they are.
          Do you really believe Americans are that stupid? The conservatives and I never claimed Jordan is a part of axis of evil. However, Jordan is not a US ally at all. She may cooperate with America on some issues, but not out of loyalty or friendly relations, only of necessity.

          Anyway, it seems these people will stop at nothing to reak havoc and kill and injure people. It just proves the relationship these people have with thier chosen religion is just aesthetic, what a hideous thing to do to someone, i doubt they have any love for Alla or other followers of the religion. Its a pity many dedicated believers will suffer from the actions of these few.
          No, I think Al-Qaeda is fighting the war on two fronts: political and religious. I believe Omasa bin Laden is sincerely following what Islam teaches. I believe he is waging a brutal Jihad on the Western world. At the same time, I believe he is fighting a political war to gain influence for Islamic fundamentalism to take a foothold in Middle East.

          To them, it is not about cover, it is about following their religious beliefs. It is not just asethetic, but out of genuine dedication to get rid of "moderates" in Islam and kick out the foreign powers in Middle East.

          Dan
          Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

          "Aim small, miss small."

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          • #6
            Dan please purchase and read a copy of the Koran. If nothing else so you can know the enemy better.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BigDog
              Dan please purchase and read a copy of the Koran. If nothing else so you can know the enemy better.
              No. I'm not going to waste my time and energy reading that Koran. Just as I doubt anybody here will waste their time and energy to read the Bible as well.

              The "moderates" are ones who twist the religious doctrines to suit their liberal beliefs.

              Dan
              Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

              "Aim small, miss small."

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              • #8
                Forced confessions. Every single one of them (a couple with visible injuries, including a couple of [appears to be anyways] cigarette burns on the back of the right hand of one of the men [Jordan claims the injuries were incurred during the arrest, heh]) confesses fully immediately after they were arrested? lol. Probably a plot to blow up the targets they mention, but not with "chemical weapons" (though technically, all explosives are chemical unless they are nuclear). Abdullah is pretty desperate to justify his pro-US policy, which Jordanians do not support at all. Just the other week he was forced to snub Bush after Bush called Sharon's ridiculous "peace plan" "courageous" and he's under severe domestic pressure.

                Anyways, playing this up to a chemical cloud by terrorists trained in Iraq is way too convenient. And it sort of misses the point that yes, Iraq is a haven for terrorists... now that the US has invaded the place anyways.

                Either way, those guys were definately there to blow something up, but this is looking like the Spanish government blaming ETA for the Madrid bombings already.
                "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

                – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States.

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