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New al-Qaida training tape shows another side of terror

Captured video reveals plans for home break-ins, killing police, drive-bys, golf course assassinations

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Posted: September 4, 2002

1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joseph Farah

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© 2002 WorldNetDaily.com

An al-Qaida training videotape, captured in Afghanistan, shows Osama bin Laden's terrorists are not only planning attacks with weapons of mass destruction but are preparing to kill Americans with drive-by shootings and home break-ins, through ambushes of law-enforcement officers and targeted assassinations on golf courses, WorldNetDaily has learned.

The videotape was produced, U.S. analysts believe, for al-Qaida's internal use and did not appear to be an external propaganda device.

U.S. intelligence considers the tape much more significant in what it reveals about al-Qaida's modus operandi than the highly publicized video purchased and broadcast last month by CNN. U.S. forces found a cache of 64 al-Qaida tapes while combing caves and hideouts in Afghanistan. Analysts were surprised by some of what they saw in the latest video and believe they employ terrorist tactics and techniques meant for export to America and other nations.

"None of these training scenarios depicts the type of fighting that al-Qaida engages in within Afghanistan," noted John Holschen of Insights Training Center, who produced a report on the tape for military and law enforcement officials.

The training video shows al-Qaida operatives practicing the following kinds of assaults:

using pickup trucks with shooters concealed in the bed of the trucks;

using motorcycles as a shooting platform for drive-bys and assassinations;

execution of prisoners;

ambushes of law-enforcement officers;

residential assassinations;

assassination on a golf course using a rocket-propelled grenade and rifle fire;

drive-up kidnapping of target walking on a street;

use of tunnels, storm drains and sewers for infiltration during urban raids;

rappelling from rooftops of buildings to make entry on upper floors;

use of motorcycles for grenade attacks; and

raids on buildings with large numbers of occupants – perhaps schools or office buildings.

Analysts point out that all scenarios involving prisoners and hostages ended in execution. None included plans for negotiated settlements for escape by terrorists.

"They plan to kill the prisoners and die in place," wrote Holschen.

The "perfect day" as seen by al-Qaida would combine attacks designed to produce a maximum number of casualties with attacks that would give them the opportunity to get "face time" on the news channels to deliver their rhetoric, explained Holschen.

"The major take-home lesson here is that although the enemy is known to be seeking the ability and opportunity to use weapons of mass destruction and of an unconventional nature, such as hijacked airliners, they are also spending a lot of time training to carry out attacks the old-fashioned way – attacks executed by small groups of dedicated personnel equipped with little more than small arms," explained Holschen.

Hostages, prisoners and anyone else identified as a target or problem by al-Qaida terrorist operatives will be killed, say those who viewed the tape. There is no point in complying with orders, they say. Those who do not resist ultimately will be rewarded with ritual execution in front of television cameras, according to the tactics and techniques captured on this video.

In one scenario on the video, terrorists pretend to be stranded on a six-lane highway, their vehicle disabled. When a police officer stops to assist, the driver blows his horn. Another occupant of the vehicle opens fire on the police officer with a rifle. In other scenarios, shooters were concealed in the trunk of the car. When the terrorists were picked up by accomplices in a getaway car, the original vehicle was blown up, apparently to destroy evidence.

In another scenario, an innocuous-looking terrorist knocks on the door of a residence, standing in view of the resident and answering questions through a closed door. When the resident opens the door, the terrorist immediately draws his weapon and fires, emptying his weapon into the victim.

In the golf course assassination, the target was on the green, near the hole. A rocket-propelled grenade is fired at a vehicle adjacent to the green, perhaps a security detail. Then the target of the assassination is killed with rifle fire.

When asked if these techniques are intended for use in the U.S., one military intelligence operative said without hesitation, "Yes."

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What strikes me about these tactics are that they are not very cost-effective. There's a lot of resources and man-power devoted in most of the scenarios described, and all to kill only one or a few people. Contrast that with 9/11, where only 20 people were immediately involved, and only at an overall estimated cost of a little more than $1M, and there seems to be little bang for their buck, in a terrorist sense.

I still think that their real threat comes from the use of weapons of mass destruction in urban areas, or sabotage of water supplies or the like. Playing Rambo doesn't seem to get them much of what they're aiming for.

It's not the focus of the article, but this obviously greatly impacts journalistic ethics in that the plan is to exploit media coverage to spread terror and rhetoric before the kill their hostages and themselves. The media had better tread lightly before they go do an interview with a hostage-taker.

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No doubt that it isn't cost effective in the sense of manpower vs casualties...as well as training. Though the amount of training needed to execute several of theplans mentioned is not as time consuming or expensive as flying an airliner. The real effect of such attacks, especially the drive bys and the residence one, take terrorism to it's roots. terroer. Imagine the effect o the nation if terrorists start to randomly kill civilians in their homes, offices, or just walking down the street. Not good. Though the weapons of mass destruction are the real threat, I certainly agree with you there, the smaller group tactics cannot be underestimated for it's potential cost on the national psyche. they also would be a suitable diversionary tactic.

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One thing to consider about these tactics ... no one would be safe. You wouldn't have to be on a plane or in a high-rise building or a government bulding to assume risk. Everyday life for EVERYONE would have some level of risk.

Riding down the street. Playing golf. Shopping. These are not times that, even now, we feel at risk. But if these types of attacks were to start we would ALL feel some level of threat. That's quite a bang for relatively little buck.

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Due to the effectiveness of the Afghan campaign, and Al Qaida's reduced operational capabilities, a newly discovered video indicates they may be scaling back their previous plans, including some daring new terrorist actions:

- plugging up the 'free game' hole at Putt-Putts all across America.

- using pickup trucks with hecklers concealed in the bed of the

trucks;

- using 'Big Wheels' as a shooting platform for drive-bys and

assassinations;

- checking out ****loads of free public library books and never

ever ever returning them;

- refusing to let American Pig Golfers play through;

- instigating riots by shouting 'death to all football shaped heads'

at premieres of 'Hey Arnold - The Movie';

- leaping from rooftops of buildings to make entry on upper floors

(single use tactic only);

and the most terrifying of their threats:

- poor millions of Al-Qaida terrorist funds into massive DC 'Bring

back Martyball' campaign.

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Originally posted by Park City Skins

Imagine the effect o the nation if terrorists start to randomly kill civilians in their homes, offices, or just walking down the street. Not good. Though the weapons of mass destruction are the real threat, I certainly agree with you there, the smaller group tactics cannot be underestimated for it's potential cost on the national psyche. they also would be a suitable diversionary tactic.

Ironically, without leaving some type of calling card (which of course increases their chances of being identified and caught), many of these crimes might not be readily discernable from the ordinary street crimes that occur in the United States- carjackings, drive by shootings, muggings, robberies, etc.

Also, their propensity to support terrorist acts which result in the death(s) of the perpetrator(s) works against them in the long run, especially if the terrorist acts require sophistication. The more sophisticated their actions, the more training required of their people and therefore the greater the necessary investment by al Qaeda. Again, to simply kill off their own well-trained assets during each terrorist act for some vague goal called "terror" might make idealogical sense, but it sure doesn't make economic/organizational sense.

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I agree that it's a 'Bang for the Buck' problem for terrorists. Either noone knows it was a terrorist act, or you leave a trail. Just think about how much evidence the 9/11terrorists left. If some drive-by shooting was determined to be a terrorist act, that same evidence would be gathered and many, many terrorists would be dead and captured in response. Just not worth it.

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It definitely has me thinking about upgrading from a BB gun to a real gun. I am two hours away from my mom and my sister, and I dont like feeling helpless if this **** started happening. I need to take care of them, and the only way something happens to them is if one of those ****suckers kills me first.

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All the more reason to hunt these nitwits down and kill them first. Sad thing is,all they would really have to do to gum up our consumer based economy is, God forbid, bomb a mall. Any mall would do. How many of you would go shopping if that happened? That would really jack us up. Like I said, all the more reason to get rid of these clowns, each an every one of them.

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