En hittil ukjent gruppe har påtatt seg ansvaret for brevet med kjemisk materiale som ble levert på den amerikanske ambassaden i Paris sist fredag og gjorde to ansatte syke.
In a message posted earlier this week on a jihadist Web site, the previously unknown Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani Brigade claimed responsibility for sending what it described as “chemical letters” to the embassy. News reports from Paris said two embassy employees were examined and then released by a city hospital after handling a suspicious letter last Friday.
The claim of responsibility was posted on a militant Web site known as the Fallujah Islamic Network, according to Evan Kohlman, a private expert who monitors extremist Web sites and called the posting to Declassified’s attention. The brief Arabic-language message, which was spotted and translated by Kohlman, says: “Regarding the chemical letters that were sent to the fortress-like American Embassy in Paris, which the mujahedin were able to observe and monitor: the mujahedin were not able to target the embassy with an explosive-rigged car, so the mujahedin decided instead to send a number of chemical letters.” These letters, the message says, “did not achieve their desired objective, due to the difficulty and complexity and the multitude of the substances involved.” Nevertheless, the sender offers “glad tidings about these unique and powerful operations that will shake the security of the Americans, and we promise America and its allies that what is coming is even more devious and more bitter …”
Two U.S. counterterrorism officials, requesting anonymity when discussing sensitive information, tell Declassified that given the attack’s manifest failure and the Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani Brigade’s lack of any credentials—as well as the difficulty of authenticating any such Web postings—they can’t say whether the message is a valid claim of responsibility. But in an e-mail to Declassified, Kohlman says he’s paying close attention: “Just a few weeks ago, [militants] were discussing how the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, as the bin Laden network’s North African affiliate calls itself] should form an ‘Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani Brigade’ to encourage its supporters to carry out independent lone-wolf style terror attacks on their mutual enemies.” (The brigade’s name was evidently inspired by the Internet nom de guerre of the Jordanian doctor Humam al-Balawi. He was moonlighting as a jihadist blogger when Jordanian intelligence recruited him to become a mole inside Al Qaeda. On Dec. 30, shortly after being driven inside the gates of a secret CIA outpost near the Afghan city of Khost, he set off a suicide bomb, killing himself, his Jordanian handler, and seven American operatives and security personnel.)