Editor’s note: Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin is an online, subscription intelligence news service from the creator of WorldNetDaily.com – a journalist who has been developing sources around the world for the last 25 years.
One glance at “The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook” and you might think you’re looking at some sort of parody publication.
The cover graphic is clip art of an old-fashioned bowling-ball-style bomb with a lit fuse on it.
Some of the 88-page manual reads a little like a parody as well, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But it’s not. It’s a genuine bomb-making guide believed to be prepared and disseminated by global jihadists using the Internet to spread their methods of mayhem and murder.
It’s like a high-tech version of the 1960s’ “The Anarchists Cookbook,” only in PDF format for easy duplication in electrons.
The manual received some international attention in 2002 in the trial of Moinul Abedin, a former waiter in Birmingham, England, who got 20 years for plotting a wave of terror attacks across Britain with homemade bombs.
Abedin’s plans were thwarted by MI5 surveillance.
The 27-year-old native of Bangladesh had stockpiled large quantities of homemade explosives at a house and authorities believe he could have killed thousands of people had his plans not been “nipped in the bud.”
“The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook” was among Abedin’s instructional literature.
Find such material on the Internet might be challenging – unless you regular surf the ring of jihadi sites. These are ever-changing websites that are used as communication tools for groups like Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network and other affiliated terror organizations.
Late last year the operators of an obscure internet service provider in the Northeast U.S. were astonished to learn from business contacts that their computers were hosting Jehad.net, which U.S. officials regard as the semi-official al-Qaida site.
If you can find Jehad.net, you can likely find a copy of “The Mujahideen Handbook,” or a companion, “The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook.”
Who prepares such material?
The author of “The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook” is listed as Abdel Aziz. It is likely a pseudonym. But it reads more like a book written by one man with a big ego, than the collective work of terrorist explosives experts.
“This book is part of the Encyclopedia Jihad, collected and distributed by the Organization for the Preparation of the Mujahideen, with the help of other Islamic jihad organizations and individuals,” it begins. “The aim is to further the military/political/etc. preparations, skills and knowledge of Mujahideen the world over. The original idea came when I was in Afghanistan and came across an Encyclopedia of War, which the Arab Mujahideen had written under the instruction of the late Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (shaheed inshallah). The encyclopedia consisted of approximately 11 volumes on a variety of military skills ranging from weapons to unarmed combat to explosives. The original Afghan-Arab encyclopedia of war was written entirely in Arabic and weighed approximately 20kg, thereby limiting its distribution and readership enormously.”
That’s where Aziz’s big idea came in.
He decided to create a terrorist encyclopedia in electrons – one that could be easily distributed worldwide virtually without detection by authorities.
He also came up with unique network collaboration idea.
“As payment for this book, a contribution of one book, which would add to the value of the Encyclopedia Jihad, is requested,” wrote Aziz. “Instruction on how to do this is provided later on. Please do not ignore this request.”
The book contains detailed instructions on how to prepare a bomb-making laboratory, how to purify bomb-making ingredients, how to mix the chemicals, etc.
Authorities say that as fast as one Islamist terror-promoting website is shut down, another springs up – with a new host, new sponsorship and new servers.