There is little worse than the current situation in the Middle East, as Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) continues its sociopathic Olympics across Iraq and Syria. But recently, Daesh has managed to package their lunatic brand of crazy for worldwide distribution through the digital publication of a client-facing user manual, geared to empower their global affiliates and sympathizers.
The manual, titled “Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen,” is being widely distributed across the Internet, in English. The manual states, “No doubt that today, at the era of the lone wolves, brothers in the West need to know some important things about safety in order to ensure success in their operations.” Daesh is recognizing its loyalists abroad, and has set out to maximize the base of prospective readers and activists—the lone wolves.
Within the guide’s pages, one sees an evolution in the tactics, techniques, and procedures commonly deployed by similar terrorist organizations. For example, there is a juxtaposition of very different elements, such as the fundamentals contained in an al-Qaeda manual discovered in the early 2000s. Both manuals focus on infiltration, cultural-adaptation techniques, deception, diversion, and sabotage with high overtones of Islamic-jihadism. However, the new Daesh manual differs, as it focuses on the long game—catering to sleeper agents and those establishing a foreign base of operations or a cell—all the while encouraging their lone wolves to culturally adapt to their surroundings.
Found throughout the manual are the following: tips, tricks, lessons learned, logistics, recruitment techniques, security, surveillance, targeting, planning, scenario and implementation models mentioning asymmetrical warfare, espionage, and InfoSec. There’s also plenty of deranged rhetoric, such as, “We have spoken about this before, no negligence, and no paranoia. And this is the divine Qaeda that our Lord put us in, which is the one of the middle path and moderation in everything.” Phrasing like this is found throughout the manual, and is designed to motivate the would-be lone wolf.