Al Qaida: Western Spies Multiply “Like Locusts”

From the point of view of an al Qaida military leader, Western intelligence agents are now ubiquitous in the lands of Islam, and their operations have been extraordinarily effective.  The Western spies are unfailingly lethal, leaving a trail of dead Islamist fighters behind them.  Worst of all, they have managed to recruit innumerable Muslims to assist their war efforts.

“The spies… were sent to penetrate the ranks of the Muslims generally, and the mujahidin specifically, and [they] spread all over the lands like locusts,” wrote Abu Yahya al-Libi, an al Qaida field commander in Afghanistan, in a new book called “Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy” (pdf).

“The spies are busy day and night carrying out their duties in an organized and secret manner… How many heroic leaders have been kidnapped at their hands? How many major mujahidin were surprised to be imprisoned or traced?  Even the military and financial supply roads of the mujahidin, which are far from the enemy’s surveillance, were found by the spies.”

Al Qaida operations have been severely impeded by the intelligence war against them, al-Libi said.  “As soon as the mujahidin get secretly into an area on a dark night, they are confronted by the Cross forces and their helpers.  Many are killed or captured.”

Western spies are found under every conceivable cover, al-Libi wrote.  “They have among them old hunchbacked men who cannot even walk, strong young men, weak women inside their house, young girls, and even children who did not reach puberty yet.  The spy might be a doctor, nurse, engineer, student, preacher, scholar, runner, or a taxi driver.  The spy can be anyone….”

“The 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.”

In the new book, published in Arabic (pdf) on jihadist websites on June 30, al-Libi ruminated at length on the religious and legal problem of the Muslim spy.  Can there be a Muslim who spies against other Muslims or, since such a person would by definition be an apostate, is a Muslim spy a contradiction in terms?  May such a person be killed?  (It depends.)  To convict a spy nowadays is it necessary to rely on the traditional two witnesses?  (Again, it depends.)  What about a person who is mistakenly executed as a spy?  (God will reward him.)

Pervading the book is a sense of the overwhelming impact of U.S. and Allied intelligence operations on jihadist forces, and the willingness of indigenous Muslims to act with Western intelligence against those forces.

“Everyone who lives in the jihad battlegrounds… knows well that the occupation forces could not do one-tenth of what they do now if they did not recruit spies and informants….  Most of the mujahidin and their soldiers were killed or captured because of the intelligence information that the infidel forces have obtained from the secret soldiers whom they recruit, like swarms of locusts, from the native citizens who talk our language and pretend they are Muslims.”

“Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy” by Abu Yahya al-Libi was translated, rather clumsily, by the DNI Open Source Center.  A copy was obtained by Secrecy News.

The book cited the use of electronic homing devices to guide air-launched missiles to their targets and images of several such devices were included in the original Arabic version of the book (at page 146).  The purported use of the devices was discussed in “CIA Drone Targeting Tech Revealed, Qaeda Claims” by Adam Rawnsley, Wired Danger Room, July 8, 2009.  Memri.org also prepared a proprietary translation of the new Al-Libi book, which was reported by Fox News last week.

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  1. Davar July 13, 2009 at 3:53 PM #

    “And the fifth messenger sounded, and I saw a star from the heaven which had fallen to the earth. And the key to the pit of the deep was given to it. And he opened the pit of the deep and smoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun was darkened, also the air, because of the smoke of teh pit. And out of the smoke LOCUSTS came upon the earth, and authority was given to them as the scorpians of hte earth possess authority. And it was said to them that they shall not harm the grass of the earth, or any green matter, or any tree but only those who do not have the seal of Elohim upon their foreheads. And it was given to them that they should not kill them, but to TORTURE them for five months. And their torture was like the torture of a scorpian when it stings a man…” Revelation 9.1-5

  2. Doug Alder July 13, 2009 at 8:34 PM #

    Looks like they forgot one possibility there: al-Qaeda and the Taliban are just plain incompetent and not very smart.

  3. Hannah K. O'Luthon July 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM #

    What a lucky coincidence that this document should just happen to become available right now when the CIA, DIA and their clandestine brethren are coming under intense scrutiny (well, at least as intense an encounter as the congressional eunuchs are able to sustain). Just think how wise, firm, and courageous President Bush and Vice President Cheney were to totally reverse the situation they found on 9/11/2001 when, despite the manifest “intense interest” of such U.S. allies as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others to keep a watchful eye of Salafist jihadis, the poor old United States was in all but complete ignorance of Al Qaeda’s evil machinations, and, had never ever infiltrated the organization or turned one of its operatives, much less occultly maneuvered its patsies to further the ends of U.S. national security (as defined by the duly ordained U.S. national security diaconate).

  4. Allah July 14, 2009 at 2:36 PM #

    Hannah, your hindsight is nearly 20/20. However, it appears your time line is just a bit off, considering the book showed up on websites on Jun 30th, and the CIA story didn’t break until this past weekend. That’s an understandable mistake, though. I mean hell, using Mapquest, one might think that Indian Lake is four miles away from the flight 93 crash site.

  5. Johnston July 15, 2009 at 5:47 PM #

    These Jihadists are truly living in the past. Anyone would rather spy for the western forces. The western world has all the luxury, (in such excessive supply, its practically worthless) to trade, in order to extract the valuable information from potential informants. What do they offer – but repression? Its easier to catch flies with honey instead of vinegar.

  6. Hannah K. O'Luthon July 17, 2009 at 8:43 AM #

    Thanks to Allah’s divine intervention I stand illuminated, and any thought of disinformation activities is purged from my sinful doubting soul.