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GIMF: Class notes from Security and Intelligence Course–in English

06/14/2011 Leave a comment

Pic and brief blurb from the intro of the document is included below, and an active link.

I haven’t read it yet but will try to have a read and post some more a little later tonight.


This English translation is a summarized version from the original Course conducted by Mujahideen in Urdu language. This course is designed primarily for brothers who will be working in high risk areas. The course focuses on both Security and Intelligence. Since our main goal is to provide brothers with an idea of Security we decided omit a lot of details which were focused purely on Intelligence.

The main basis of the original Course, was taken from a Pakistani intelligence manual. Hence some of the topics are focused to such an environment as Pakistan. But still this remained as the basis of almost all the Security and Intelligence courses which are given in Khurasaan, whether in Urdu Pashto or Arabic.

That being said, Security policies are something which changes radically, depending on Countries, Cities and current state of affairs. It even varies from person to person. Hence it is impossible to provide a wide scale Security course.

As said, our intention of Publishing an English version of this Course, is to provide “basic Principles of Security” for working brothers in America, Europe and elsewhere, by which they can initiate their own local rules and standards.

A note on the failed VBIED in Times Square

05/03/2010 8 comments

I’m watching the news about the failed VBIED in NYC and I was hoping to write something a little more considered than this. However my thesis frazzled brain is just not cooperating at 1:30am on a Monday morning after an all weekend re-writing and editing bender. So I will limit  my comments, which I hope are slightly coherent.

No speculation from me on possible perpetrator.  Field is wide open there.

But what strikes me about it all is the problem that repeatedly faces terrorists…actually getting something to go boom.

My first take is whoever did this didn’t have a whole lot of training, if any. And could have solely gone off manuals they’ve found on the net.

There are ample training materials out there from all manner of terrorist groups and crazies. And plenty of things that outline how to build a device just like this.

That said they knew enough to try to take identifying markers off the vehicle. However, this too can be found in a number of online guides.

Anyway, my point is that it is far more difficult to get something to go boom (for the average untrained person) than what people think.  This is why, for example, training for construction of explosives and explosives devices in terrorist training camps has historically taken up to two years,  as opposed to the usual basic training where people are trained how to *use* explosives instead of how to build devices. It is an ongoing problem for militant groups. This is why some of them (and here I’m thinking AQ) often sent the detonator or a key part of it back with those it was deploying to carry out attacks. Especially for the more sophisticated attacks.  Or they gave intensive one on one or small group training. Not that this is the case here, but I point it out to reinforce the point that when groups or individuals don’t have training in construction of devices there is less likelihood their devices will detonate properly.

A lot of the manuals out there are quite detailed, but as I said it’s harder than what people think.

And if you think there’s not stuff out there that people can learn from, well this picture  is just a teeny part of some of the stuff out there. I’ve covered up the info for obvious reasons. As an aside the gent who made this picture trained with Ramzi Yousef, but that’s another story.

Sirajuddin Haqqani Q&A response is out

04/28/2010 1 comment

Thanks to @IbnSiqilli for bringing this to my attention.

You can find the download links here.

They’re not exactly the most detailed responses. Although he’s done well to dodge a lot of questions I thought for sure would trip him up. However, what is still the most interesting to me is what isn’t said, and what has been omitted.  And of course, the very careful use of words  when dealing with some of the trickier questions I suspect they thought they couldn’t really get away with not answering.

Would love to look at this in more detail. Alas it is back to the thesis for me.

Increased focus on the issue of prisoners in some jihadi publications/forums etc

04/11/2010 1 comment

I was just having a quick wander through the forums, which I haven’t done for a little while and noticed that there are quite a few new publications dealing with the issue of prisoners. It’s not something I’ve seen a great deal of focus on lately and particularly not by high profile figures of the ilk who are currently propagating works on the matter.

I haven’t downloaded them, but am just making note of it since at least two of those who have released works recently have the authority to issue a  fatwa in relation to operational matters. Their publications could just be general explanatory works but it’s always worth keeping an eye on what is contained within them in case there is sanction for something specific.

Abu Walid al Masri’s response to my questions on militant use of the internet

03/25/2010 Leave a comment

Folks Abu Walid al Masri’s response to my questions for the BBC Radio interview I did last week are up. The topic was militant use of the internet. The response is in Arabic, and I’ve copied it onto my blog for safe keeping.

You can find it here, where I’ve also included the original link to his blog. [update: links are fixed. I was checking out microsoft’s new translator program which @lewisshepherd pointed out to me and had too many windows open, accidentally copied original from there with wrong hyperlinks. all fixed now]

The translation will go up on the weekend. It’s just being tidied up.

I don’t have a link to the radio piece yet, will chase that up tonight/tomorrow.

My Jane’s article on Al Qaeda command and control is now available

03/24/2010 1 comment

Folks, here is my Jane’s article on the evolving dynamics of AQ’s command and control structures and processes.

One caveat… I wrote this in September/October  last year so it is a little dated in terms of drone attacks etc. However, I still stand by the arguments I made in this piece.

Feedback, as always is welcome. But please bear with me if you’d like a response. I’m drowning with the dissertation at the moment, but I will try to answer any follow up questions.

Many thanks to Tim at Jane’s whose efforts to get me this pdf  I really appreciate.

The reference information for those requiring it is JANE’S INTELLIGENCE REVIEW, 21 (12) November 2009, p 16-20


Interesting forum post on Waziristan

03/21/2010 Leave a comment

I found this little breakdown of the groups active in Waziristan quite interesting, especially the listing of the smaller groupings towards the end of the post. Also interesting is the history of this particular author, but that’s another story.

Link is here

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