the web of Bin laden

Terrorist groups are exploiting the accessibility, vast audience, and anonymity of the Internet to raise money and recruit new members, according to a researcher at the University of Haifa in Israel. The number of terrorists' Web sites has increased by 571 percent in the past seven years, says Gabriel Weimann, chair of the university's communications department.

"Al Qaeda doesn't operate like a terrorist organization anymore," Weimann said, speaking at the New American Foundation here on Wednesday. "They don't live together, they don't train together, sometimes they don't even meet." They don't need human interaction as long as they can communicate, he added. Al Qaeda's publication Al Battar or "The Sword" is an online training camp for its network around the world, Weimann noted. Edition nine of the publication was devoted to kidnappings. It suggests methods, potential targets, negotiating tactics, and even directions on how to videotape the beheading of victims and post the video on the Web http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,116822,00.asp

Here you will find a translation of al battar about kidnappings and how to do it.
issue 6 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/albattar.htm
issue 7 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/battar7.asp
issue 8 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/Analysis0415-1.pdf
issue 10 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/AnalysisAlBattar10.pdf
issue 13 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/July2004/07b13.asp


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