Here's What the Terrorists Are Plotting

Recent bomb scares give insight into their plan
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 9:42 AM CDT
Updated Nov 6, 2010 8:08 AM CDT
This undated image released Sunday Oct. 31, 2010, by Yemen's Interior Ministry, in a combination of two photos which they say both show bomb maker suspect Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri.   (AP Photo/Yemen Interior Ministry)

(Newser) – The Yemen-based mail bomb plot offers new insight into what, exactly, terrorists are planning next. Aviation expert Clive Irving runs down their apparent plan in the Daily Beast:

  • The goal: Blow up a plane over a major US city.
  • The location: Most likely over “the great urban sprawl along the Great Lakes”—the intended target of the “underwear bomber”—where the densely populated area is so large that the terrorists have “plenty of leeway for a timed explosion.”

  • The method: Both the “underwear bomber” and the Yemen plotters “have deployed easily accessed open navigation systems” to determine precisely where the bombs should be detonated: the onboard moving map and the parcel carriers’ tracking systems, respectively.
Click here for more on the Yemen plot. (Read more underwear bomber stories.)

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