Schlagwort-Archive: plot

„Cut Off The Dead Body´s Head“- Al-Qaida Strategy Papers Discovered In Berlin

by Florian Flade

In Berlin two suspected Islamist terrorists are standing trial since January. Austrian Maqsood L. and Berlin resident Yusuf O. met in a Al-Qaida training camp in Waziristan and were tasked to recruit fellow Islamists in Europe to form terrorist cells.

In 2011 Yusuf O. and Maqsood L. left Pakistan´s tribal region and traveled to Hungary. Yusuf O. of Berlin then traveled to Maqsood´s home town of Vienna to make contact with Maqsood´s old friends. Maqsood himself traveled to Berlin to search for recruits in Yusuf´s former community.

The two men thought they were able to outsmart German and Austrian intelligence by not returning to their original home town. They were wrong. Maqsood L. was arrested in Berlin on May 16 2011 and Austrian police arrested Yusuf O.  in Vienna on May 31 2011.

Former Austrian soldier Maqsood L. was carrying USB sticks and a SD memory card in his underwear when police arrested him. The hardware was intensifly checked by German federal police BKA. It took IT experts several weeks until they were able to recover and unpack the files. Most of them had been hidden in movie and image files using camouflage and cryptic software. The RAR-Archive files had curious names, for example: „sexytanja.rar“.

Some of the original files were bearing the names of porn movies and pop songs. One movie file contained 142 hidden document files. Among them: PDF terrorist training manuals in German, English and Arabic.

Five documents presumably written by Al-Qaida officials were of great interest for Germany´s intelligence. They are a true treasure trove for counter-terrorism officials as none of them found on the Internet as open propaganda material.



Author: Sheikh Younis Mohammad al-Mauretani

Appears to be an Al-Qaida strategy paper aiming at improving the plotting of future terrorist attacks in the West. Main content was: using only a few attackers to carry out numerous small attacks. The aim, the authors writes, should be to create panic in Western societies, so the government would use more repressive measures against their own people.

At the same time Al-Qaida should try to carry out a „9-11 2.0“, a second huge attack with devastating effect on Western society. This is necessary, the paper states, to prove Al-Qaida´s commitment and capability.

According to German intelligence the author of the strategy paper is now captured Al-Qaida leader Sheikh Younis Mohammad al-Mauretani.

„Lessons_Learned_From_previous_operations.docx“ , „Report_On_Operations.docx“

Author: likely Rashid Rauf

Both documents are listing Al-Qaida attacks of recent years including the London 2005 subway bombings and the failed „UK Airliner Plot“. The author is then commenting on mistakes made during the plotting process and realization.

When German federal police was asked who the possible author of the two papers was their analysis was: the documents were most likely written by British citizen Rashid Rauf – an Al-Qaida operative who is suspected to have been killed in a US drone strike in November 2008 – yet here has not been any confirmation for his death.


Author: unknown

The file whose author is unknown is regarded as a chilling religious justification for the fighting and killing of infidels.
Main points are: Citizens (civilians) of countries which are in a state of war with Muslims are allowed to be attacked, killed, taken hostage and tortured. Muslims can use fire and poison to kill infidels. Even the enslavement of infidel women is allowed according to the paper.

Mujahidin tasked to carry out attacks in a Non-Muslim country are permitted to smoke cigarettes, have girlfriends, buy alcohol and tell jokes to blend into the Western society.


Author: likely Yusuf O. or Maqsood L. wrote it in Pakistan

This German-language document was probably written by either Maqsood L. or Yusuf O. themselves during a training lesson in Waziristan. The content of these notes is a chilling one: it explains how a Mujahid is supposed to behave prior and during a operation in the West. „Use fake passports, use different cars, if your behavior seems suspicious try to act like a criminal“

The document further explains ways to carry out kidnappings. After the enemy is captured the hostages should be dressed in a orange jumpsuit (similar to the ones worn by the prisoners in Guantánamo Bay), the paper reads. Then the hostages shall be killed while a camera is recording the execution – „Cut off the head of the dead body, be careful because of the infidel´s blood“ The video of the beheading shall then be send to Al-Qaida via the internet so As-Sahab Media can create a proper propaganda tape.

Copyright Violation by „Daily Times“

by Florian Flade

Today, while going through the news about the Germany-Connection of the recent EU-Plot by al-Qaeda, I came across a piece by so-called journalist Ali K. Chishti on the Pakistani „Daily Times“ website.

Mr.Chishti wrote (or better said copied) an article about „EU plot, German jihadis and the Waziristan connection“.

The piece is pretty much a illegal copy of my Blog Post „The Hamburg Connection 2.0 – Al Qaeda´s EU Plot“

Chishti sold this piece to the „Daily Times“, lying about sources. I´m quoting the part he almost 100% copied from my German original.

„On March 4, 2009, three men and two women boarded an airplane from Hamburg that was to take them to Qatar and then to Peshawar.

The five Islamists wanted to leave Germany and live in a remote and lawless part of Pakistan near the Afghan border at Waziristan. Shahab D of Iranian descent, who had fled with his parents after the Iran-Iraq war to Germany, was one of the Islamists. In 2008, Shahab married his girlfriend, a 23-year-old dental physician, whose father is a West African Muslim and mother a German. The couple turned to a strict interpretation of the holy Quran and began to exit Germany to live in a real Islamic country, Daily Times was told.

In March 2009, it was finally the time. Shahab’s wife lied to her parents that they wanted to make a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. In reality, the goal was to join a training camp of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Waziristan. Part of that Islamist group, on the trip that left for Pakistan in March 2009 from Germany, was a German-Afghan named Ahmad Wali, whose wife and brother Sulayman S were already being monitored by German and Pakistani intelligence agencies because of their links to a member of the infamous Hamburg Cell, Mounir el Mostassadeq, who also worked at the Hamburg airport.

Daily Times could now confirm that Ahmad Wali and his comrades reached the terrorist training camp of IMU based in Waziristan in March 2009. Interestingly, Shahab joined the camp a couple of months later where he also changed his name from Shahab to Abu Askar, who is seen in one of the videos originating from Waziristan where he is said to have explained“

This is basically a copy of my story´s beginning. Just translate it into English via Google and you will see almost nothing has been changed in Chishti´s piece:

„Es ist der 04.März 2009 als drei Männer und zwei Frauen aus Hamburg am Frankfurter Flughafen in ein Flugzeug steigen, dass sie in das Golfemirat Katar bringen wird. Ein Anschlussflug führt ins pakistanische Peshawar.

Die fünf Islamisten wollen Deutschland verlassen, sie wollen im wilden Waziristan an der pakistanisch-afghanischen Grenze ein Leben im Dschihad führen, weit weg vom verhassten Westen.

Shahab D. ist einer von ihnen. Geboren 1983 im Iran, floh er mit seinen Eltern als Folge des Iran-Irak-Krieges und immigrierte 1994 in die Bundesrepublik. Seitdem lebte der Iraner in Hamburg und besuchte die Moschee Masjid Taiba, die inzwischen von den Behörden geschlossen wurde. Beeinflusst von den radikalen Glaubensbrüdern aus dem Umfeld des Hamburger Gotteshauses, konvertierte Shahab D., der gebürtiger Schiit war, zum extremistischen Sunnitentum – er wurde ein strenggläubiger Salafist, trug lange Gewänder und ließ seinen Bart wachsen.

Im Jahr 2008 heiratete D. seine Freundin, eine heute 23jährige Zahnmedizinerin, ihr Vater ist muslimischer Westafrikaner, die Mutter Deutsche. Das Pärchen hielt sich zunehmend an eine extrem strenge Koranauslegung und begann über die Ausreise in ein islamisches Land nachzudenken.

Im März 2009 war es schließlich soweit. D.´s Ehefrau log ihre Eltern an, erklärte Shahab und sie wollten eine Pilgerreise nach Saudi-Arabien unternehmen. In Wahrheit war das Ziel ein Ausbildungslager der „Islamischen Bewegung Usbekistans“ (IBU) im pakistanischen Waziristan.“

How I know this „journalist“ copied my text? The facts about D.´s girlfriend, then wife, her profession and what he told to her parents – none of that appeared in any news yet.

I will leave it with that. Daily Times has been contacted about this – no responds which shouldn´t be a surprise in a country were copyright labels mean nothing and quality journalism is almost non existing.

Al-Qaeda´s Euro-Plot – What to make of it?

by Florian Flade

„The Mujahideen are coming to you!“ – German al-Qaeda fighter

Groups of armed men wearing explosive devices on their bodies, attacking German train stations, the subway system of Paris, London Hotels and Italian Museums, killing hundreds of civilians and causing mass media attention over days . Bloodshed in the heart of Europe, nine years after 9/11.


Was that the scenario al-Qaeda had planned for several European countries in a terror plot now uncovered and possibly foiled by Western intelligence agencies?

Let´s start where the rumors and unconfirmed intel whistle started. Two major U.S. newspaper, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times both reported recent increase in U.S. drone attacks on the Pakistani tribal areas of North Waziristan is the result of intelligence gathering suspecting terror networks in that region are planning major simultaneous Mumbai-style attacks on European cities.

Al-Qaeda and the Haqqani network of the Taliban operating out of Pakistan, are both involved in the Euro-Plot, targeting especially the UK, France and Germany. To prevent the terror networks, whose plans were in the early stage, from organizing the „Who“, „Where“, „How“ and „When“, the CIA boosted the drone hunt in North Waziristan. This led to an all time record in missile attacks on terror targets in the Pakistani tribal with more than 20 drone operations causing 70 casualties on the militant´s side in September 2010 – previous record was January with just 13 such attacks.

Drones killed fairly high-ranking al-Qaeda militants in recent days, including al-Qaeda´s Afghanistan-Pakistan Emir Egyptian Sheikh Fateh al-Masri, the Saudi AQ military commander of Afghan province Kunar, Abu Abdallah Omar al-Qureishi and a Kuwaiti bomb expert named Abu Atta.

In the course of this week, other media outlets in Europe and North America were reporting what their sources in government, anti-terror units and intelligence revealed about the suspected „Euro-Plot“.
The terrorist were planning to strike European cities with assault commando-style attacks similar to the ones that were carried out in Indian Mumbai at Luxury Hotels in November 2008. Groups of armed men attacking civilian „soft“ targets like train stations, hotels, museums, tourist places or the subway system in several European countries.

The major source for the intelligence leading to unravelling al-Qaeda´s plot, is a German-Afghan citizen who was arrested in Kabul, Afghanistan, in July.
Ahmad Wali S., a 36-year old Islamist and resident of Hamburg, had left Germany in March 2009 as part of a Eleven-Person-Group, to travel to Pakistan and join with the terror group „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.“
S. was a regular worshipper of the Masjid Taiba, formerly known as „Al Quds Mosque“ in St.Georg quarter of Hamburg. This was the mosque were Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers of the Hamburg cell of the 9/11 attacks met and prayed.

Ahmad Wali S., had worked for a cleaning company at Hamburg airport and was very close with the 9/11-Hijacker´s Moroccan helper Mounir al-Motassadeq who still lives in Germany. Both went on vacation together some years ago.
While in Hamburg, S. became part of a group known as the „Club of 50“, radical Salafi members and mosque visitors who were supporting violent Jihad.

Eleven people out of the fifty radical jihadis from Hamburg travelled to Pakistan via Iran, Qatar, Dubai and Turkey in spring of 2009. While most of the extremists reached their final destination, the training camps of „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU), at least two men were arrested and sent back before they joined the terror group.

Ahmad Wali S., his brother and his Indonesian wife entered Pakistan´s tribal region and joined IMU. Why he travelled to Kabul, where S. was arrested by U.S. forces in July, is not known. Some German officials believe he was about to return to Germany.

In U.S. military prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, S. was interrogated by the Americans. He presented them useful information about the activities of the terror groups in Waziristan. S. was reluctant to speak, some sources say, telling the interrogators about an alleged plot by a joined-alliance of Pakistani Taliban, the Haqqani network, IMU and al-Qaeda. This plan to sent out commando-units to Europe, Ahmad S. claims, was approved by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Because of the information given by the arrested Hamburg jihadi, the CIA was able to identify several of the plotters and start a precise hunt in North Wazirstan using the deadly unmanned drones.

Meanwhile information from Pakistani officials indicate that the plotters of the attacks in Europe, were in fact themselves European. Two British brothers of Pakistani origin and eight German nationals are at the heart of the al-Qaeda plot, unconfirmed reports say. A North African is rumored to be the chief-planner.

Abdul Jabbar, one of the British jihadis, was possibly killed in one of the recent U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan.

British officials said they believe at least 15-20 British nationals are receiving terror training in al-Qaeda camps in North West Pakistan.
In Germany, intelligence monitors very closely who from the German radical Islamist community is traveling to terror camps and who is returning. Around 220 German nationals have been trained in Jihadi terror camps since the 1990s (73 are confirmed). Of those suspects who have returned since, few are behind bars, most of the returnees are monitored by police and intelligence.

Even though German officials have warned about the increase in Jihadi tourism from Germany to Waziristan, the trend in recent months was a different one. Intercepted e-mail exchange and phone calls made from Pakistan to Germany indicated a growing despair and hopelessness by the German militants.

Life in the terror camps of the IMU, the Islamic Jihad Union and it´s break-away group „German Taliban Mujaheddin“ is hard and almost unbearable, the reports from Pakistan suggested. The groups lacked money and food and the rise in drone attacks was grueling on the jihadi´s will to combat. They felt desperate, German intelligence concluded, many wanted to go home.

A prime example of the situation in the terror camps was presented in form of Rami M., a German-Syrian national originally from Frankfurt but residing in Hamburg. M., a former drug-dealer and low-profile criminal had turned to radical Islam and became the leader of the Hamburg Jihadi group. He was the one urging other young men to join the Mujahiddeen in Waziristan.

Rami M. travelled to Waziristan in March 2009 and joined the IMU. Just about one year later, in June 2010, Rami M. contacted the German embassy in Pakistan, telling them he wants to surrender and return to Germany. Problem was, Rami M. told the officials via phone, he had lost all his ID documents including his passport and driver´s license. The German embassy officials talked to intelligence and police in Germany, asking them what to make of M.´s case.

While most in the German intelligence community regarded Rami M. as a desperate young men, some experts were on alert. Could Rami M. be the next „Abu Dujana al-Khorasani“? A Jordanian al-Qaeda man had killed a team of CIA experts in Khost, Afghanistan, just a few months before in a suicide bombing.
German embassy in Pakistan arranged an appointment with Rami M., sending him documents he could use to pass checkpoints and reach the consulate in Islamabad.

German police were convinced Rami M. was planning an attack on the German embassy, so they called their Pakistani colleagues telling them about the „high-value terror target“ coming to a checkpoint in Bannu, near the tribal areas.
Indeed Rami M., dressed in a white Burqa, was arrested on June 21th, then held by Pakistani´s ISI and later handed over to German officials. On August 26th he returned to Germany and is in prison now.

In addition to Rami M.´s case, there is also the development of three German jihadis arrested at an airport in Istanbul in early September.
Berlin convert Thomas U., his pregnant convert wife and a German-Turkish national wanted for financial support to terror groups in Pakistan, were on their way back from Waziristan to Germany. Thomas U. and his wife planned on taking a flight from Istanbul to Copenhagen and cross the border to Germany via car. Why they returned? Probably because the pregnant woman was not willing to give birth to their child in a dirty Pakistani hut. No indication the couple was sent back to carry out a terror attack. Thomas U. had sent e-mails to his family in Berlin, decribing to them the situation in the IMU camps.

„I don´t know if I will be alive next summer“, Thomas wrote in December 2009.

So what to make of the reports saying it was a German-Jihadi-dominated plot the Europeans and Americans were tracking?

Fact is: there are dozens of German nationals training in Waziristan. Convert Eric Breininger, German-Afghan Javad S., German-Turkish Ahmet M., Berlin convert Danny R. and maybe even al-Qaeda spokesman Bekkay Harrach alias „Abu Talha the German“ became „martyrs“ in the past 12 months, most of them killed by Pakistani security forces. It is possible German nationals are involved in an international terror plot. Maybe the increase of drone attacks on Waziristan and the number of casualties have resulted in a growing eagerness to carry out revenge attacks in Europe.

If true, a cooperation between al-Qaeda, Pakistani groups like Lashkar e-Toiba, IMU, IJU, German Taliban Mujahideen, the Haqqani network and Tehrik e-Taliban could very well result in a devastating terror assault on European cities. Nevertheless more groups being involved also means more people are talking, sending e-mails, calling others, so the chance of the plot being uncovered by Western intelligence is huge. And: why no mention of Ilyas Kashimiri, the AQ chief of operations who must have had his hands on this plan?

Does al-Qaeda want to strike Europe? YES. France and Belgium banned the Burqa, Germany, UK and Italy are part of the Afghanistan-occupation, Denmark and Sweden have insulted the prophet, Netherlands are home of Geert Wilders – the list of reasons for al-Qaeda to attack the continent is growing. And so is the number of terror recruits coming to Waziristan.

Still the word of most European intelligence officials: „No imminent threat“.