Operation Hemorrhage

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.

Al Qaeda Promises U.S. Death By A ‘Thousand Cuts’

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.”

See also:
Al-Qa’ida plot cost only $4261
Cargo-bomb plot cost just $4,200 : Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda claims parcel bomb plot cost $4,200
New issue of Al Qaeda magazine details failed mail bomb plot, signals shift to smaller-scale attacks
Qaeda Branch Aimed for Broad Damage at Low Cost
Al-Qaeda boasts of ‘bargain’ bomb plots
Al-Qaeda vows to continue parcel bomb attacks
Small-scale attacks to continue, Al Qaeda group says
Report: Would-be plane bombers post attack details
AQAP: Mail Plots Successful, Cost Low
AQAP Releases Special Issue of ‘Inspire’ Magazine ‘Operation Hemorrhage’ – Dedicated Entirely To Explosive Parcels Plot

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

The M Star Mystery Solved?

Who or what the [expletive deleted] dented Japan’s supertanker in the Strait of Hormuz?

We have a putative winner.

Tanker blast in Gulf ‘was terrorist attack’

A terrorist attack was behind an explosion last week that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the United Arab Emirates official news agency said on Friday.

More than a third of the world’s traded oil flows through the oil-rich Gulf’s strategic waterway that is bordered by Oman, the UAE and Iran, and a terrorist attack, if confirmed, will heighten security concerns in a region where tensions are already running high, analysts said.

Remains of homemade explosives were discovered on the M Star’s hull, as was a dent on the starboard side of the ship, a UAE coastguard source was quoted as saying by the Wam agency.

“Probably the tanker had encountered a terrorist attack from a boat loaded with explosives,” the source was quoted as saying. The investigation into the incident was conducted in the UAE’s Fujairah port.

The M Star, which is owned and operated by Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines, was damaged by what the crew said was an explosion after midnight on July 28, as it travelled through the strait on its way to a port near Tokyo. The tanker, which was loaded with 270,204 tons of oil, was able to continue under its own power to the UAE, with only one crew member slightly injured.

See also:
Japan tanker was damaged in a terror attack, UAE says
Japanese oil tanker attacked by terrorists, says UAE
UAE: Japanese tanker attacked in Persian Gulf
Report: Terrorist Attack Damaged Japanese Oil Tanker
Report: Terrorists Damaged Japanese Tanker
U.A.E. Confirms Terror Attack on Japan Tanker in Persian Gulf Last Month
Brigades of Abdullah Azzam
The M Star Mystery

Oh boy, Islamic terrorists are now ramming shipping in the Strait of Hormuz with explosive laden boats. They failed this time, but they learn.

/it’s not a cold war, it’s not a hot war, it’s an asymmetric war, a concept we barely have the stomach for