An English language, al Qaeda guide includes rules such as keeping clean, not using mobile phones and thinking of virgins in paradise when bomber-drones are overhead.
Described as a “must-read” source, it has emerged on the internet shortly after it was leaked that AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) had been penetrated by a British spy who managed to smuggle out the latest version of their “underpants bomb”.
The guide was written by Samir Khan, an American who served as the top propagandist for the Yemen-based branch of the terrorist movement, which is considered the most dangerous to the West. He was killed by a drone attack in September, alongside AQAP’s chief ideologue, Anwar al-Awlaki,
Khan writes that he had been under the impression that he would be fighting most of the time after joining. “The reality is not quite like that,” he said.
The first section is titled “cleanliness” and says: “In some cases, you will be staying with a few brothers in a tight room or house”. “In order to avoid unnecessary problems, encourage yourself and your brothers to clean the room(s) on a regular basis. As for yourself, a daily shower is ideal but not possible in many cases.”
He describes the “bee-like sound” of the unmanned aerial vehicles in a section headed: “aerial bombardment.”
“If you feel terrified,” he says. “Close your eyes and imagine yourself inside paradise. Think of your hoor [virgins] that are awaiting you as well as meeting the prophets.”
In a section apparently designed to scare western recruits into staying at home and attacking the West from there, the manual says recruits may have to sleep on “sand, rocks or grass.” Laying out the training, Khan writes: “In al-qa’idah, we don’t care about the size of your muscles, how fast you run, how strong your legs are and so on – although these things will be strengthened – but we put a special focus on ’lasting long’ and out doing the enemy in patience.” At one camp in Afghanistan, he warns, the trainers ordered the fighters to walk around barefoot.
“In short, prepare for the worse, and hope in the best,” Khan says.
The manual says that one of the “pillars of modern-day jihad” is secrecy, adding: “If I am British but of Indian descent, I tell the brothers I’m from so-and-so land (a place where you obviously not from).” The guide also says there are “certain questions you should avoid asking,” because: “The more you ask these kind of questions, the more the mujaheddin and its leadership will think of you as a spy and place you on their blacklist, keeping a close watch of you.”
The al-Qaeda fighters also apparently believe in black magic, with Khan writing that the “apostate” government of Saudi Arabia has individuals that “work alongside evil jinns [spirits] that spy on the mujaheddin and give away their position.”
Attribution: Duncan Gardham