Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs

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Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs. By Robert J. Bunker and Christopher Flaherty. Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse, 2013.294 pp. $23.95, paper.

On August 28, 2009, Abdullah alAsiri, an alleged member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was scheduled to meet Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, head of counterterrorism for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He had convinced the prince that he had surrendered and that he could persuade more al-Qaeda operatives to lay down their arms. Unbeknownst to the prince, Asiri had an explosive hidden in his anal cavity. The body cavity bomb (BCB) blew Asiri asunder in a truly gruesome fashion but did not kill Nayef. The world was thus introduced to the latest tactic in al-Qaeda's campaign of suicide terrorism.

Four years later, Bunker, a senior fellow with Small Wars Journal, who once held the title "Futurist in Residence" at the FBI Academy, and Flaherty, a Londonbased security, terrorism, and intelligence expert, examined this incident and others in an important and chilling new addition to the emergent field of suicide terrorism studies. Bunker and Flaherty wrote most of the chapters, but eight other authors, representing various technical specializations, also contributed to the book.

A combination of history, analysis, and speculation, Body Cavity Bombers explains through a series of ghoulish scenarios the significance of bomb types, blast dispersion patterns, and the possibilities inherent in the human anatomy for concealing explosives: vaginal, gastrointestinal, subcutaneous, "new cavity" (i. …

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