Abandoned Al Qaeda notebook found in Yemen features blueprint for creating Islamic state

The Osint Journal Review

The notebook is one relic of what a local Yemeni governor called a leadership camp for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). It features notes on weapons maintenance, topography, and elaborate diagrams for creating different ambushes.

REUTERS
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:51 AM
A notebook belonging to an Al Qaeda fighter was found in southern Yemen in May.STAFF/REUTERSA notebook belonging to an Al Qaeda fighter was found in southern Yemen in May.

At first glance, the neat handwriting in blue ink could be from a school notebook.

Prise apart the pages – stuck together by sand and water – and it becomes clear that the book belonged to a militant from Al Qaeda. Discarded in shrubbery in the mountains of southern Yemen, it covers everything from the principles of a raid – “Surprise, firepower, a sacrificial spirit, quick performance” – to the ultimate goal: “Establishing an Islamic state that rules by Islamic Sharia law.”

The notebook, with the name Abu al-Dahdah…

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