It’s an old science, just like geo-engineering.
Thinking wildfires are really wild in the 21st Century is naivety.

Forest Fire as a Military Weapon

A June 1970 Report of study commissioned by the Dept of Defense.

In 1965 the Joint Chiefs of Staff requested that the Secretary of Defense initiate research to determine the feasibility of measuring the flammability characteristics of forests and jungle growth, modifying flammability so that vegetation would readily support combustion and developing measures to destroy large areas of forest or jungle growth by fire. This research has been conducted by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, under sponsorship of the Advanced Research Projects Agency through ARPA Order 818. The primary research attention was given to the flammability characteristics of jungle growth in tropical and monsoonal climates where forest fires seldom occur naturally.

Pyro-Terrorism — The Threat of Arson Induced Forest Fires as a Future Terrorist Weapon of Mass Destruction

DOI:10.1080/10576100600698477

Project: Pyro-terrorism-threats, future trends, and mitigation

Authors: Robert A Baird, United States Department of Agriculture

Abstract

The United States is at grave risk of a future pyro-terrorist attack. We must define the threat, understand America’s vulnerabilities with regard to it, and take action to mitigate this danger to our homeland. While America focuses on the readily apparent scenarios of smuggled nuclear weapons and radiological bombs, Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are adapting to avoid our security and screening systems. Instead of using expensive, complex, and readily detectable nuclear or radiological bombs, a future terrorist could easily ignite multiple massive wildfires that would severely damage our regional economies, impact our military forces, and terrorize the American population. An opportunistic terrorist could create a conflagration potentially equal to a multi-megaton nuclear weapon. This phenomenon is defined as pyro-terrorism: the use of arson attacks to terrorize the civilian population and coerce the government to comply with the terrorists’ political or social objectives. Arson, the destruction of property with fire for profit or revenge, is the tactic. It is the political and psychological intent that differentiates pyro-terrorism from arson. This paper will describe pyro-terrorism, discuss how existing terrorism tactics and future intent define the threat, assess America’s vulnerability to pyro-terrorism, and identify various actions the U.S. Government must take to mitigate this vulnerability. If terrorist organizations use arson as a tactic, and publicly assume responsibility for the massive fires it causes, the perception of a secure homeland among the populace would quickly erode. The fire’s devastation could overwhelm suppression resources, weaken regional economies, destroy critical infrastructure, effect readiness in military forces, and put political pressure on national leadership for policy change.

There is more literature out there on the topic, but I think these two documents define and prove a spectrum of possibilities and one simple point: wildfires go wild only if people allow them to. But that rarely happens.

It’s pyroterrorism more often than not.

Much life farm and food plant fires lately.

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Flogging a dead terrorist by the methods of your former boss’ playbook, how it’s done:

Remember: the US Government is the only source for the news of Bin Laden’s assassination by the US Government. There have been many reports of his death before the alleged assassination. There are no three independent sources to verify any of their claims. 

No three sources, as opposed to Arab News in 2020, which themselves display a very cautious tone, but, formally, are way more based, despite the Israeli commentator’s opinions on WION TV:

Ayman al-Zawahiri ‘dead’ – Al-Qaeda boss dies from asthma in Afghan mountain hideout, reports claim

  • The Sun 11:52, 20 Nov 2020
  • Updated: 12:55, 20 Nov 2020

AL-QAEDA leader Ayman al-Zawahiri who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden has reportedly died in Afghanistan.

Al-Zawahiri – sometimes dubbed Dr Death – last appeared in a video message for the group on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the US.

Ayman al-Zawahiri took up leadership after the death of Osama bin Laden
Ayman al-Zawahiri took up leadership after the death of Osama bin LadenCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden
Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin LadenCredit: AP:Associated Press

Arab News reports the terrorist, 68, died of natural causes related to asthma citing four sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

US intelligence officials are reportedly aware of the reports and are attempting to confirm whether or not they are true.

The Sun Online has contacted the UK Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office.

An al-Qaeda translator told Arab News: “He died last week in Ghazni. He died of asthma because he had no formal treatment.”

A Pakistani security official added: “We believe he is no longer alive. We are firm that he has died of natural causes.”

Another source close to al-Qaeda said he died earlier this month and a small number of followers attended his funeral in Ghazni.

“What we know is that he was having some breathing issues and has passed away somewhere in Afghanistan,” they said.

Other security sources were cited as being aware the terrorist was “extremely ill” and another said he was in “unstable health”.

It comes after the death of al-Qaeda’s second in command Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri.

He was reportedly shot dead along with his daughter by two hitmen actin on US orders on a motorcycle in Tehran, Iran, in August.

Ayman al-Zawahiri and his old boss Osama bin Laden
Ayman al-Zawahiri and his old boss Osama bin LadenCredit: Reuters
Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly died of asthma
Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly died of asthma Credit: AFP – Getty

It also follows the death of Hamza bin Laden – Osama’s son – in a US counter terrorism operation in 2019.

All three of their deaths in such quick succession opens up a potential power vacuum at the top of the evil organisation.

The FBI still lists al-Masri and al-Zawahiri on their most wanted terrorists page, with the bounty on the al-Qaeda boss’s head being $25million.

The terrorist is described as “armed and dangerous”.

He was indicted for his role in the devastating attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 224 people and injured thousands more in 1998.

In 2005, he praised the 7/7 London bombings, which left 56 dead — calling
Britain “one of the severest enemies of Islam”.

Ayman al-Zawahiri was known as Dr Death
Ayman al-Zawahiri was known as Dr Death

Al- Zawahiri, a former Egyptian eye surgeon, succeeded bin Laden after he was killed by US special forces during a daring raid on his compound in 2011.

He had been seen as the brains behind the global terrorist network while bin Laden was the charismatic leader.

The terrorist has remained in hiding for almost 20 years despite a manhunt being launched after the September 11 attacks.

He last appeared in a 45-minute video message this September to celebrate the World Trade Centre atrocity that killed 2,996 people.

“Flames of war between the Crusaders and the Muslims have not been extinguished,” the terrorist said.

Al-Zawahiri also raged against the US for tightening ties with Israel.

And he accused any Muslim nations normalizing relations with Israel of being “dangerous enemies”.

Ayman al-Zawahiri was an eye surgeon before turning to terror
Ayman al-Zawahiri was an eye surgeon before turning to terrorCredit: AP:Associated Press

Al-Zawahiri was born into a family of wealthy doctors and scholars in Cairo, with his grandfather being the grand imam of al-Azhar, the centre of Sunni Islamic learning in the Middle East.

Zawahiri excelled at school and enjoyed poetry but is said to have loathed “violent” sport.

He was just 15-years-old when he was first arrested for being in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

In 1974, he graduated from Cairo University’s medical school, where his father was a professor.

THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THE CLAIM:

Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri has died in Afghanistan — sources

Osama bin Laden, left, sits with his adviser and later successor Ayman Al-Zawahri during an interview with Dawn newspaper November 10, 2001. (AFP/File)

Arab News, November 20, 2020, Updated 21 November 2020

  • Arab News spoke to several security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death, two said he had died
  • If confirmed, Zawahiri’s death opens up a leadership vacuum within Al-Qaeda as two senior commanders in line to replace him have been killed recently

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Egyptian national Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 69, has died in Afghanistan likely of natural causes, several sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan told Arab News this week, just days after reports of the Al-Qaeda leader’s passing made the rounds on social media.

Zawahiri’s last appearance was in a video message on this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
His death, if confirmed, opens up a deep leadership vacuum within Al-Qaeda as at least two senior commanders who would have been in line to replace him have been killed recently: Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US counter-terrorism operation, the White House announced last year; and Abu Muhamamd Al-Masri, believed to be Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, who was killed in Iran this year, according to media reports.
Arab News spoke to at least four security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death. Two said he had died. All spoke off the record as they were not authorized to speak to the media on the issue.


Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, alias Abu Muhammad Al-Masri, right, is sitting next to Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, during Hamza’s wedding with Al-Masri’s daughter Maryam. The wedding is estimated to have been held in 2005 in Iran. (Photo courtesy: Alarabiya)

“He [Zawahiri] died last week in Ghazni,” an Al-Qaeda translator who still enjoys close ties with the group, told Arab News on Tuesday. “He died of asthma because he had no formal treatment.”
A Pakistani security official based in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan also said Zawahiri had died.
“We believe he is no longer alive,” he said, declining to be named. “We are firm that he has died of natural causes.”
A source close to Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan told Arab News on Monday that the militant leader had passed away this month, November, and a limited number of followers had attended his funeral prayers.
The source did not clarify if the funeral prayers were held in absentia or offered as Zawahiri’s body was being buried.
“What we know is that he was having some breathing issues and has passed away somewhere in Afghanistan,” the Al-Qaeda source said.
A Pakistani security officer who is privy to ongoing anti-terror operations said: “We have received the same information that Zawahiri died about a month ago.”
The source declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.
Another Pakistani source, a civilian intelligence official, said Zawahiri’s last movements were inside Afghanistan where he was known to have been in “unstable” health. But the intelligence official could not confirm if he had died.
“To my knowledge he was extremely ill and had the issue of kidney failure,” the intelligence official said. “He was unable to manage his dialysis but I still need to confirm if he has died.”
US officials told the Associated Press this week they could not confirm reports of Zawahiri’s death but the US intelligence community was aware of the news and trying to determine its credibility.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security spy agency told Arab News he had not heard about Zawahiri’s death and the organization had no comment on the matter.
Arab News has not been able to independently verify the claims by its sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Although Al-Qaeda has been overshadowed in recent years by the rise of the Daesh group, it remains resilient and has active affiliates around the globe, a United Nations counterterrorism report issued in July concluded.



Saif Al-Adl, Al Qaeda’s senior military strategist at an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, January 2000. (Source:  Wikipedia)

Among the top leaders of Al-Qaeda who are still at large and could succeed Zawahiri is Saif Al-Adl, who is a head of the militant group’s Shoura Council. Adl has been on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists since its inception in 2001 and the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering up to $10 million for information on his location.
*With contributions from Naimat Khan in Karachi and Rehmat Mehsud in Peshawar

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