Al Qaeda has a new asymmetric warfare strategy. Instead of plotting spectacular attacks that might take years to plan and execute, they’re now intent on carrying out cheaper, smaller, more frequent attacks with the goal of causing economic damage by making the West respond to the threat, whether the attacks succeed or not.
Printer bombs planted on two cargo flights last month cost only a few thousand dollars and were intended to affect the American economy, according to a newly published Al Qaeda-affiliated magazine.
The attempt was called “Operation Hemorrhage,” boasted the magazine, and the entire plot cost al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, only $4,200.
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The magazine also revealed the attack was not meant to kill more than the plane’s pilot and co-pilot, and was meant to force the U.S. government to spend billions of dollars on preventive security screening measures.
The strategy, the magazine said, was “of attacking the enemy with smaller, but more frequent operations is what some may refer to as the strategy of a thousand cuts. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death.”
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So far, even though none of their attacks has been successful, AQAP is achieving its goal of causing massive economic damage by forcing the West to onerously tighten security measures, at great expense, in response to the terrorist threats. This new strategy costs al Qaeda next to nothing, while the West does all the economic damage heavy lifting against themselves, trying to defend against the perceived threat, whether the threat is real or implied.
/perhaps the best example of how well this new al Qaeda strategy is working is the ongoing TSA debacle
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