According to a document found by the Associated Press in Timbuktu, members of al-Qaeda in North Africa were in possession of a fairly detailed instruction manual for avoiding drone attacks. The document, which includes an easy-to-use list, is a copy of a paper reportedly penned by Abdallah bin Muhammad, a senior commander of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. It was apparently left behind by the North African group as they fled French troops last month.
The list features some basic, common sense tips ("Hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night."), some more complex ones ("Form anti-spy groups to look for spies and agents.") and a few that don't make much sense ("Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-metre copper pole"). Altogether, though, the list probably comes in handy when being hunted by killer robot planes.
The full list [sic throughout]:
- 1 – It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russianmade "sky grabber" device to infiltrate the drone's waves and the frequencies. The device is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computerknow-how.
- 2 – Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had successful experiments using the Russian-made "Racal."
- 3 – Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
- 4 – Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance ones because they fly low, about six kilometers or less.
- 5 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole.
- 6 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and keeping them 24 hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and confusing the NATO missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.
- 7 – Using general confusion methods and not to use permanent headquarters.
- 8 – Discovering the presence of a drone through well-placed reconnaissance networks and to warn all the formations to halt any movement in the area.
- 9 – To hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night.
- 10 – To hide under thick trees because they are the best cover against the planes.
- 11 – To stay in places unlit by the sun such as the shadows of the buildings or the trees.
- 12 – Maintain complete silence of all wireless contacts.
- 13 – Disembark of vehicles and keep away from them especially when being chased or
- 14 – To deceive the drone by entering places of multiple entrances and exits.
- 15 – Using underground shelters because the missiles fired by these planes are usually of
the fragmented anti-personnel and not anti-buildings type.
- 16 – To avoid gathering in open areas and in urgent cases, use building of multiple doors or exits.
- 17 – Forming anti-spies groups to look for spies and agents.
- 18 – Formation of fake gatherings such as using dolls and statutes to be placed outside
false ditches to mislead the enemy.
- 19 – When discovering that a drone is after a car, leave the car immediately and everyone should go in different direction because the planes are unable to get after everyone.
- 20 – Using natural barricades like forests and caves when there is an urgent need for training or gathering.
- 21 – In frequently targeted areas, use smoke as cover by burning tires.
- 22 – As for the leaders or those sought after, they should not use communications equipment because the enemy usually keeps a voice tag through which they can identify the speaking person and then locate him.
[Image via AP]