New Al-Qaeda Book Betrays Panic Over Predator Strikes, Covert Operations

Special Dispatch Series No. 2438,  July 9, 2009

On June 29, 2009, jihadist websites posted a new 150-page book by senior Al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya Al-Libi titled Guide to the Laws Regarding Muslim Spies. The book's two introductions, one by Ayman Al-Zawahiri and one by Abu Yahya himself, make it clear that it was written in an attempt to find a means of dealing with the recent campaign of Predator strikes and other covert operations against Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Waziristan. The two Al-Qaeda commanders, and Abu Yahya in particular, betray deep distress at the devastating effectiveness of the alliance's [i.e. NATO's] shadow war, as well as paranoia regarding the ubiquity of hidden enemies.

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