‘Think of virgins when US drones are overhead’

An English language manual for Westerners seeking to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been published, which asks potential jihadists to think of virgins in paradise when bomber-drones are overhead.

Updated: May 15, 2012, 14:43 PM IST

London: An English language manual for Westerners seeking to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been published, which asks potential jihadists to think of virgins in paradise when bomber-drones are overhead.

Described as a “must-read” source, the guide has emerged on the Internet shortly after it was leaked that the AQAP had been penetrated by a British spy who managed to smuggle out the latest version of their “underpants bomb”.

The manual recommends on how to cope with the hardships and dangers of life as a jihadist, and includes rules such as keeping clean and not using mobile phones, The Telegraph reports.

“In some cases, you will be staying with a few brothers in a tight room or house. In order to avoid unnecessary problems, encourage yourself and your brothers to clean the room(s) on a regular basis. As for yourself, a daily shower is ideal, but not possible in many cases,” the first section titled ‘cleanliness’ read.

Another section headed “aerial bombardment” describes the “bee-like sound” of the unmanned aerial vehicles.
“If you feel terrified, Close your eyes and imagine yourself inside paradise. Think of your hoor [virgins] that are awaiting you as well as meeting the prophets,” it says.

The guide was written by Samir Khan, an American who served as the top propagandist for the Yemen-based branch of the terrorist movement.
He was killed by a drone attack in September, alongside AQAP’s leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

According to the paper, the manual says that one of the “pillars of modern day jihad” is secrecy.

“If I am British but of Indian descent, I tell the brothers I’m from so-and-so land (a place where you obviously not from),” the manual says.

ANI