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Terrorist manual discovered in Afghanistan for continuing attacks.
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2310 - ..
2311 - Summary/Objective
231201 - Follow up ref SDS 19 0001, ref SDS 11 0000.
231203 - Received ref OF 6 0001 an article published by Associated Press that a
231204 - 5,000 page manual was discovered in Afghanistan, ref OF 6 CB8I, that
231205 - presents planning for terrorist attacks against the United Statea and
231206 - others, similar to the attack on 010911. ref SDS 11 0001
231208 - The article reports....
231210 - A training manual for members of Osama bin Laden's terror network
231211 - lists skyscrapers, nuclear plants and crowded football stadiums as
231212 - the best targets for spreading fear in the United States and
231213 - Europe. ref OF 6 IB4K
231215 - Recommends targeting sites of "sentimental value" such as the
231216 - Statue of Liberty, Big Ben in London and the Eiffel Tower in
231217 - Paris. Such landmarks, the two-page chapter noted, would generate
231218 - intense publicity with minimal casualties. ref OF 6 VD5G
231220 - It also suggests attacks on Jewish organizations and large
231221 - gatherings of Jews to cause as many deaths as possible, as well as
231222 - the assassination of prominent figures in Arab nations.
231223 - ref OF 6 TD5N
231225 - The FBI has "moved heaven and Earth" to intensify security for
231226 - Sunday's Super Bowl game in New Orleans and next month's Winter
231227 - Olympics in Salt Lake City, director Robert Mueller said.
231228 - ref OF 6 6E6I
231229 - ..
231230 - The nation should remain on a "very high state of alert ...
231231 - for some time," Mueller said, adding that there could be al-Qaida
231232 - operatives hidden in the United States. "Do I know for sure? I
231233 - believe there are, but I cannot say for sure," he said Thursday.
231234 - ref OF 6 RE6N
231235 - ..
231236 - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials
231237 - have repeated calls for vigilance in recent days, warning that
231238 - large terror attacks could still take place. Documents found in
231239 - Afghanistan have included diagrams of American nuclear power
231240 - plants, intelligence officials have said. ref OF 6 2B7G
231242 - This aligns with Rumsfeld's remarks on the CSPAN broadcast
231243 - yesterday on 020131 notifying the DOD War College that
231244 - stronger efforts are needed for proactive intelligence.
231245 - ref SDS 19 KI3N
231246 - ..
231247 - The manual was produced in Arabic by al-Qaida's training
231248 - department before the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United
231249 - States. It was obtained by AP from a former Afghan resistance
231250 - fighter, who got it from a disaffected al-Qaida member in
231251 - Afghanistan. ref OF 6 008P
231253 - "There must be plans in place for hitting buildings with high
231254 - human intensity like skyscrapers, ports, airports, nuclear power
231255 - plants and places where large numbers of people gather like
231256 - football grounds," the chapter said. It also recommended major
231257 - public gatherings such as Christmas celebrations. ref OF 6 OD9H
231258 - ..
231259 - The manual said special units should work in areas with
231260 - large Jewish communities. "In every country, we should hit their
231261 - organizations, institutions, clubs and hospitals," it reads. "The
231262 - targets must be identified, carefully chosen and include their
231263 - largest gatherings so that any strike should cause thousands of
231264 - deaths." ref OF 6 004Q
231266 - "As for Arab nations, operations should expand to include the
231267 - assassination of influential and effective personalities," it
231268 - said. ref OF 6 VE4J
231269 - ..
231270 - Bin Laden, a Saudi exile, opposes Saudi Arabia's rulers for
231271 - allowing U.S. troops to be based in the country. Also, Egyptian
231272 - Islamic militants who are now part of al-Qaida have killed or
231273 - tried to kill several politicians and intellectuals in Egypt in
231274 - their lengthy campaign to overthrow that country's government.
231275 - ref OF 6 006Q
231277 - The chapter, entitled "External Pressure," reads like a blueprint
231278 - for the Sept. 11 attacks, in which four hijacked airliners crashed
231279 - into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in
231280 - Pennsylvania. ref OF 6 WF5J
231281 - ..
231282 - U.S. officials believe the plane that crashed in
231283 - Pennsylvania was to have struck a target in Washington, D.C., but
231284 - crashed after passengers and crew members fought the hijackers.
231285 - ref OF 6 00FR
231287 - "The strikes must be strong and have a wide impact on the
231288 - population of that nation," the essay said. "Four targets must be
231289 - simultaneously hit in any of those nations so that the government
231290 - there knows that we are serious." ref OF 6 XG6I
231291 - ..
231292 - The chapter did not elaborate on ways to attack the targets,
231293 - nor did it give any indication that specific operations were in
231294 - the works. ref OF 6 00HQ
231296 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week alerted nuclear power
231297 - plants that terrorists may be planning an attack on a reactor
231298 - using a hijacked airliner. The alert said an al-Qaida operative
231299 - claimed "the attack was already planned." However, an FBI official
231300 - said Thursday that the information, after being evaluated, was
231301 - deemed not credible. The Manual of Afghan Jihad was dedicated to
231302 - bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a prominent Palestinian killed
231303 - during the 1979-89 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The writing
231304 - style strongly suggests that it was written by an Egyptian.
231305 - ref OF 6 RI3G
231306 - ..
231307 - Several members of bin Laden's inner circle in al-Qaida are
231308 - known to be Egyptians. The 19 known hijackers on Sept. 11 were
231309 - believed to have been led by an Egyptian, Mohammed Atta.
231310 - ref OF 6 00BT
231312 - In other chapters, the manual offers advice on how to raise funds
231313 - for covert operations through extortion, blackmail and kidnappings
231314 - for ransom. ref OF 6 4J4K
231316 - To cover the high cost of maintaining a cell, it advises creating
231317 - a business to generate a regular income. Members of a cell in a
231318 - country where an attack is planned shouldn't exceed seven and
231319 - mustn't know each other. Only the leader of the operation should
231320 - know them, it says. ref OF 6 YJ4O
231321 - ..
231322 - Another chapter details the punishment reserved for members
231323 - found to have betrayed colleagues to authorities or stolen money
231324 - from the group. ref OF 6 015M
231326 - "A senior member who betrays his brothers to the regime where they
231327 - live should be punished in such a way that he would desire death
231328 - for the rest of his days," says the manual. "But if a brother is
231329 - killed as a result of his betrayal, then he must be killed to make
231330 - an example of him." ref OF 6 7K5N