Skip to comments.Revealed: the bloody pages of Al-Qaeda's killing manual
Posted on 11/03/2001 3:25:45 PM PST by VA Advogado
A UNIQUE manual for Islamic terrorists, detailing every aspect of how to fight a guerrilla war, from biochemical attacks to finding the fatal pressure point during hand-to-hand combat, has been obtained by western intelligence agencies.
The 7,000-page guide - entitled Encyclopaedia of Jihad - provides an insight into how terrorists from Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network operate in both urban environments and on the battlefield.
Filling 11 volumes and circulated both in book form and on CD-Rom to terrorist instructors, it offers guidance on how to inject frozen food with biochemical agents to create mass panic, rig up a door lock to explode when the handle is turned, and bring down a plane with a missile.
"This is an amazing document," said Roland Jacquard, head of the World Terrorism Observatory in Paris. "It gives us a very clear idea of what we are up against with Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden's followers throughout the world."
The encyclopaedia - extracts of which have been obtained by The Sunday Times - is dedicated to Bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a charismatic preacher who was a formative influence on the Saudi terrorist. It distils the experience of 10 years of guerrilla fighting against the Russians in Afghanistan and draws on stolen CIA and special services' handbooks.
The most chilling volume is the 11th, which deals with bioterrorism, which is on a separate CD-Rom. It explains how to disperse potentially lethal organisms and poisons, ranging from botulism and viral infections to anthrax and ricin, the highly toxic chemical used on the tip of an umbrella by a Bulgarian secret service agent to kill the dissident Georgy Markov in London in 1978.
It details targets such as water and food supplies, and advocates maximising public panic by poisoning medicine, thereby jeopardising treatment of the sick and injured. Sources of biological material include a list of countries that produce anthrax and a training camp in Pakistan where toxins are manufactured.
The encyclopaedia was found in 1999 in the home of Khalil Deek when he was arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb Jordan's main airport in the capital, Amman, on the eve of the millennium.
A university educated computer expert, Deek, who was born in the Israeli-occupied territories, had spent two years in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he told people he was compiling a CD-Rom on the writings of a well-known Muslim preacher.
Though he denied being part of the Al-Qaeda network, he shared a bank account with Abu Zubaydah, often described as Bin Laden's chief-of-staff.
Despite his connections, Deek was released by the Jordanian authorities in May this year after 17 months in prison. Officials said there was insufficient evidence to charge him, though it is known that he helped to decipher Al-Qaeda computer codes for investigators.
Surveillance of potential targets - with video cameras, still cameras and mini-microphones - is critical. And targets should be chosen to put pressure on the country to "stop it intervening or creating an obstacle to the jihad", according to Jacquard. They include:
The construction of booby- trapped explosive devices that would not be out of place in a James Bond film is explained in minute detail. One page, from the volume on explosives, shows how to turn a packet of cigarettes into a bomb.
"Steel plates with electric current are placed on the interior walls of the pack so that when the pack is pressed (such as being stepped on), the plates touch each other and therefore the electric circuit is complete," it states.
"This system is normally used in an empty pack thrown in front of the house where the targeted person lives, or just to create chaos in a particular area."
It goes on to detail how individual cigarettes can be primed with explosives as well as cigarette lighters, mattresses, chairs and even chocolate bars, toothpaste tubes and hairbrushes.
A carefully drawn picture of a motorcycle helmet shows how it can be lined with explosive, then remotely controlled to blow up when the intended victim puts it on.
One section shows how to turn cameras into bombs. It was the method used to kill Ahmed Shah Masood, the leading Afghanistan opposition commander, two days before the September 11 attacks.
Two Arabs posing as television journalists exploded the bomb in their camera when they interviewed him. The blast killed Masood and one of the terrorists. The other was shot by Masood's bodyguards.
Besides analysing how Semtex can be used, the encyclopaedia contains instructions on the ingredients needed to make explosives, including innocuous substances bought from supermarkets.
It begins with the basic chemical compounds and then lays out the exact quantities to be combined. One suggestion even includes Nescafé coffee and sugar. "It is clearly the work of someone who is very familiar with chemistry," said one anti-terrorist expert. "It might be hard for a guerrilla in the field to follow the detailed instructions, but they are very accurate."
Each volume is comprehensive. In discussing timers, the section on explosives ranges from complex loop, tremor and tilting switches to cruder versions that can be made from mousetraps, clothes pegs or light switches.
Unlike other Islamic terrorist manuals, previously revealed in court papers, there is little religious direction in the encyclopaedia. Everything is presented factually, almost every page carries a diagram.
At least four of the chapters are devoted to the military, from showing how to create an assault gun in a field forge from metal scavenged from the battlefield to mounting an attack on combat vehicles.
Another section covers first aid, including how to prevent blood loss from wounds. Alongside are further diagrams demonstrating how to kill an opponent by pinching pressure points on the back of the neck and the windpipe.
The book outlines how bridges can be blown up using conventional military explosives. Last week America was put on high alert over the possibility of attacks on bridges such as the Golden Gate in San Francisco.
Other volumes teach typography, map reading and how to use the stars to work out your location. The importance of propaganda and misinformation is outlined, telling operatives of plans to "penetrate certain Arabic papers and also western ones". The aim is to sow trouble and confusion by spreading false rumours.
The sophistication of some parts of the manual has alarmed intelligence agencies, which have asked counter-terrorism experts given access to the document not to discuss or release key elements, particularly on bioterrorism.
Jacquard believes the document charts how Islamic terrorism has developed over the past decade, expanding beyond conventional, low-technology forms of attack. There are now different types of terrorist. "The first is psychologically and intellectually weak and is used to stage such 'classic' attacks as car bombings, hijackings and kidnappings," he said.
"Recruits who fit a second, stronger profile are referred to as God's Brigade by those returning from Afghan training camps and are destined for operations such as suicide attacks and bioterrorism."
Yes. Click on the article link. There are more pages to the story. VERY scary.
Palladin Press is negotiating the North American rights as we speak! LOL!
Check the Berkley library.
I think they've been successful!
Yeah, they've had sleepers at CNN and the Washington Post for years.
Check the Clinton library (ies): Chappequa, Georgetown, Janet Reno's place in Florida.
No, I am convinced it is a certainty.
We keep hearing that we need to fear a minuscule percentage of them and the overwhelming majority are "good people".
From just what I am allowed to see, that seems to be exactly backwards.
It may take a while for that to become obvious even to our government though.
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