A manual providing a basic description of the characteristics, preparation and use of ten “easily prepared and rapidly effecting” poisonous gases was recently distributed amongst several jihadist forums.
A 14-lesson manual compromised of over 250-pages of text and illustrations, which provides lectures of the history, chemical and physical properties, instruction, and application of nuclear radium bombs, electromagnetic bombs (E-bombs), and classical explosives and rockets, was recently distributed to members of jihadist e-groups.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat Al-Jihad Fi Bilad Al-Rafidayn] issued a statement today, September 13, 2005, responding to media claims that the chemical rockets fired in Baghdad today were the act of an al-Qaeda linked group.
A message posted on al-Qaeda affiliated message board, which contains a special military section, on Thursday, May 12, 2005, provides a 3-page “List of Hazards of Working with Different Chemical Substances,” which contains a detailed map of the potential consequences of handling and being exposed to a range of 24 elements and their derivatives, including poisoning from lead, antimony, mercury, phosphorus, hydrocyanic acid, and tetrachloroethylene.
A member of a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated message board provided the map of the Washington Metro subway system today, August 11, 2005, in addition to advocating an attack with chemical weapons upon this system to achieve “amazing results.”
A message posted on a jihadist website affiliated with al-Qaeda provides step by step instructions on how to make chemical weapons. The information details the specific gases used in chemical warfare and describes how to make, store, and handle them.
In a new message posted February 20th, 2005 to an al-Qaeda message board, a board member suggests that the latest al-Zawahiri tape may have implied a forthcoming use of weapons of mass destruction against the West.
A comprehensive manual for the preparation and weaponization of botulism toxin was recently circulated via Jihadist email groups, including through an al-Qaeda mouthpiece. (Botulism toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and causes botulism, a serious and often deadly paralytic illness.)
Illustration from booklet describing how to build and deploy chemical weapon