Maritime mayhem: Al-Qaida's 15-ship mystery navy
Sept. 29, 2003: Among all the thousands of cargo ships and super freighters plying the seas, with their millions of containers filled with the goods fueling the growth of globalization, is a small "navy" of at least 15 ships purchased by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, reported Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
Lloyds of London reportedly helped Britain's MI6 and the U.S. CIA trace the sales made through a Greek shipping agent suspected of having direct contacts with bin Laden, the online intelligence newsletter reported.
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The ships fly the flags of Yemen and Somalia – where they are registered – and are capable of carrying cargoes of lethal chemicals, a "dirty bomb" or even a nuclear weapon, according to G2 Bulletin's sources. British and U.S. officials worry that one or more of these ships could hit civilian ports on a suicide mission.
G2 Bulletin sources say other potential targets of the al-Qaida armada, besides civilian ports, include oil rigs. Another threat is the ramming of a cruise liner.
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