The manual for the production of Astrolite, a versatile, high detonation velocity liquid explosive that is referred to as second only to nuclear weapons in terms of power, is a component of the Encyclopedia of Jihad, and was copied as an excerpt some time ago to the military section of a password-protected jihadist forum. Discussion of the material has continued through August 2006. Astrolite was mentioned in an interrogation of Abul Hakim Hasim Murad, a co-conspirator in Operation Bojinka, which was a multi-tiered al-Qaeda plot by Ramzi Yusef and Khalid Shaikh Muhammad in 1995. One phase of the attack was to destroy commercial airliners over Asia by means of a liquid explosive, potentially nitroglycerin or Astrolite. Most recently, today, Thursday, August 10, 2006, British authorities foiled a terrorist plot that was to use liquid explosives on flights between Britain and the United States, bearing similarity to Operation Bojinka.
The manual explains the composition of both Astrolite-G and Astrolite-A, its history as a rocket fuel, and its detonation velocity relative to TNT and nitroglycerin. Also described are its potential uses, specifically a liquid land mine, as well as its dangers due to the toxicity, flammability and corrosive natures of its component compounds. It advertises: ?Due to the high explosive ability it is enough to use 30gm of Astrolite in liquid land mine to kill or cut off a leg. A little Astrolite G causes an explosion to go upwards, and so has the ability to kill people and damage light-armored vehicles?.
Members of the forum question where the ingredients for Astrolite may be procured or produced. One member even provides a handwritten manual for the composition of hydrazine, one of Astrolite?s ingredients.
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