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Al Qaeda Manual, Part 18

It is necessary to gather as much information about the location as possible. For instance:

1. Traffic directions and how wide the streets are

2. Transportation leading to the location

3. The area, appearance, and setting of the place

4. Traffic signals and pedestrian areas

5. Security personnel centers and government agencies

6. Embassies and consulates

7. The economic characteristics of the area and traffic congestion times

8. Public parks

9. Amount and location of lighting It is preferable to photograph the area as a whole first, then the street of the [desired] location. If possible, panoramic pictures should be taken. That is, the collection of views should be continuous in a such way that all pictures are taken from one location and that the ending of one picture is the beginning of the next. The photographer should be experienced with and proficient in film processing and developing. It is risky to use an outside film processing service. When observing a military installation or camp, we discourage taking pictures where it is forbidden. The brother/photographer should use a


modern camera that can photograph at night or from a distance, and only the lens of the camera should be visible. When gathering information about a military camp, the brother should draw a diagram of the camp’s overall area, the camp itself, and its interior, if possible. The descriptionof the base or camp must contain the following:

1. Location

2. Exterior shape

3 . Transportation to it

4. Space [area]

5. Weapons used

6. Unit using the camp

7. Fortifications and tunnels

8. Guard posts

9. Amount and periods of lighting

10. Number of soldiers and officers. Officers’ ranks

11. Ammunition depot locations

12. Vehicles and automobiles

13. Leave policy

14. Commander‘s name, rank, arrival and departure times

15. Degree and speed of mobilization

16. Brigades and names of companies

17. Sleeping and waking times

18. Telephone lines and means of communication The brother gathering the information may start a friendship with one of the soldiers or officers of that base. Information may be collected gradually and easily from soldiers when giving them rides from the camp to the bus or train stations, etc.

B. Gathering Information Through Interrogation: Security personnel in our countries arrest brothers and obtain the needed information through interrogation and torture.


The Military Organization must do likewise. On one hand, the Organization can obtain important information about enemy establishments and personnel. On the other hand, that is a form of necessary punishment. Information is collected in this method by kidnaping an enemy individual, interrogating him, and torturing him. This source of information is not permanent. Also, caution should be exercised about being deceived by misinformation from enemy individuals. Thus, the brother who interrogates the hostage should possess the following characteristics:

1. Should have knowledge and expertise about people’s behavior and morals.

2. Should have a strong personality.

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