Meeting Notes and a Letter from Al-Wali (Original Language)

The first page of this hand-written document is what seem to be intelligence collection requirements for al-Qa`ida. Among the listed requirements are: confirmation that Al Sheikh Hassan and his group have control of the area | the military situation in the area | the situation in Kissmayo, the relationship with the Ogaden group & the extent of their presence in the region, the situation in Balad Hawa, the situation of Muhammad Haji Yusif, and an agreement with Assi and his associates to stay in the area. The second page is a letter containing training instructions, the first of which were to give the Arabs two hours of private instruction. The other half of the letter deals with an individual the author does not want participating in competition with the Afghanis.

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Letter to Azmarai (Original)

This document is a letter believed to have been composed in December 2010 and its content relates to SOCOM-2012-0000005. The letter is addressed to Azmarai, perhaps a typo or misspelling of the nickname Zamarai (a nickname or kunya for Bin Ladin). While the identity of the author is unclear, the familiar tone and implicit critique…

A Suggestion to Change the Name of Al-Qa`ida (Original)

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Letter to Nasir al-Wuhayshi (Original)

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Letter Regarding Al-Qa`ida Strategy (Original)

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Letter of Advice to UBL (Original)

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Meeting-Notes-(Original)-1

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Political-Speculation-(Original)-1

This document is a response to issues raised in a previous correspondence. It appears to be addressed to Al- Sahal Al-Mumtan’. The author analyzes the impact of the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan, various other activities of the Taliban regime, and Iran’s regional role. The author also speculates on future U.S. steps in…

Criticism-of-Sheikh-Bin-Baz-(original)-1

This document contains two letters: The first letter was written by an unknown author and was directed to “sheikh Rida.” In his letter, the author tries to defend “sheikh al-Maqdisi,” and explain al-Maqdisi’s stance against “sheikh Ibn Baz.” The author tried to clarify for “sheikh Rida,” that not only Ibn Baz’s fatwa “prohibiting accusing the…