Army Releases Captured War on Terror Documents for the First Time

Posted: February 17, 2006 in International, Politics

We are finally seeing the fruits of two years of translation of captured documents. ABC news is showing 12 hours of tapes translated from Saddam’s regime, and these are captured al Qaeda documents. There are no smoking guns, here, just greater insights into the inner sanctum of this organization….from Austin Bay Blog

No, this is not a satire. Follow the links to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The site describes the trove of Al Qaeda documents as being part of:

…the Department of Defense’s Harmony Database, this report provides an analysis of al-Qa’ida’s organizational vulnerabilities. These documents, captured in the course of operations supporting the GWOT, have never before been made available to the academic and policy community.

GWOT= Global War On Terror.

Al Qaeda’s by-laws are fascinating. From the By-Laws document summary:

Al-Qa’ida must be prepared to wage jihad anywhere in the world, and not to be distracted by relief and aid operations. Al-Qa’ida must have no relation to the world of idols and secular and nationalist movements. Relations with non-jihadi Islamic groups should be respectful, but dedicated to pointing out their shortcomings and try to gain their support for jihad.

Lengthy job description is posted for the position of emir, his deputy, and other positions on the council. Of special interest is the position of the Executive Council Chairman who serves as a chief financial officer. His duties include control over bank accounts, expenditures, and budgeting. Salaries are paid according to a fixed schedule.

Policies are described for additional salary based on family size (married man receives 6,500 rupees with 700 rupees for each additional wife.) Provision is made for cost of living adjustments.

The document outlines medical, loan, furniture , vacation, disability, and severance benefits.

The English text in pdf of the By-Laws is a must read.

Al Qaeda Goals and Structure

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