You might think this items is satire from the Onion or the Duffle Blog, but you would be wrong. The Telegraph reports Al-Qaeda's list of 22 tips for dodging drone attacks - including at least one
believed to originate with Osama bin Laden - has been found hidden inside a
manila envelope in a building abandoned by Islamists in Mali. The documents were found by the Associated Press, not by our military or CIA.
The brilliant brain trust known as al-Qaeda suggests that terrorists 'hide under trees' (believed to be bin Laden's contribution), and instructions for setting up a "fake gathering" using dolls to "mislead the enemy".
There is some worthwhile information in the documents.
The document also shows the coordination between al-Qaeda chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern.
"This new document... shows we are no longer dealing with an isolated local problem, but with an enemy which is reaching across continents to share advice," said Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, now the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute.
While some of the tips are outdated or far-fetched, taken together, they suggest the Islamists in Mali are responding to the threat of drones with sound, common-sense advice that may help them to melt into the desert in between attacks, leaving barely a trace. (continue reading at the Telegraph)
The terrorists do not understand how drones work.