Stealing al-Qa`ida's Playbook
June 27, 2006 8:14 PM Subscribe
Stealing al-Qa`ida's Playbook (PDF) If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.
- Sun Tzu
In 2005 Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies
& West Point's Combating Terrorism Center
worked together to translate what appears to be one of the most important works defining al Qaeda's strategic goals & methods, Management of Savagery (PDF)
by al Qaeda strategist Abu Bakr Naji. Then they analyzed it along with three other al Qaeda works: Knights Under The Banner of The Prophet
by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Between Two Methods
by Abu Qatada and Observations Concerning the Jihadi Experience in Syria
by Abu Mus’ab al-Suri. The result is Stealing al-Qa`ida's Playbook (PDF)
(also Google cached HTML
). If you want to understand more of al Qaeda than the simplistic cant that "they're evil", these two books are the place to start.