Al-Qaeda book warns West is winning spy war

al-Libi

Abu al-Libi

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
A guidance report authored by an al-Qaeda field commander in Afghanistan says that Western-handled spies have infiltrated the organization’s networks and are sabotaging is activities. As intelNews pointed out on July 12, the report, penned by Abu Yahya al-Libi, also contains an illustrated essay on the CIA’s use of SIM cards planted on al-Qaeda militants’ cell phones to direct unmanned drone strikes. But most of the circular, entitled Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy, is devoted to cautionary advice on the “swarms of locusts” of Western-aligned spies, who have even penetrated “the military and financial supply roads of the mujaheddin, which are far from the enemy’s surveillance”. The author further states that “[t]he occupation armies completely rely on recruiting spies and informants from the Muslim lands they usurped and conquered […]. The spy lives among Muslims, being one of them: living their life, wearing their dress, eating what they eat […]. Therefore, he can access what the armed soldiers of the occupation cannot put hands on”. The book, which initially appeared in Arabic on Islamist websites in late June, was translated into English by the US Director of National Intelligence Open Source Center and apparently leaked to selected news outlets, including the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News blog.

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