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Good news out of Algeria — an al Qaeda training camp, believed to be the incubator of biological weapons, has gone kaput because all the jihadis got infected with whatever they were cooking up: The story was first reported by … Read More

By / January 20, 2009

Good news out of Algeria — an al Qaeda training camp, believed to be the incubator of biological weapons, has gone kaput because all the jihadis got infected with whatever they were cooking up:

The story was first reported by the British tabloid the Sun, which said the al Qaeda operatives died after being infected with a strain of bubonic plague, the disease that killed a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century. But the intelligence official dismissed that claim.

AQIM, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, maintains about a dozen bases in Algeria, where the group has waged a terrorist campaign against government forces and civilians. In 2006, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on foreign contractors. In 2007, the group said it bombed U.N. headquarters in Algiers, an attack that killed 41 people.

Black Death would have had a certain ring to it, although the last time it caused trouble on a massive scale was still about seven centuries too late for the age Al Qaeda wants to bring back.

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