A detailed Islamic State “secret agent” training manual has been distributed on the Internet and is designed to provide prospective ISIS supporters in Western nations with ways to disguise themselves and their motives when trying to plan and carrying out “lone wolf” attacks and espionage missions.
The 71-page e-book, which was originally published in March and has recently resurfaced on the Internet, includes wide-ranging suggestions for the group’s radicalised sympathisers in the West who are looking to make significant contributions to the terror group’s jihad, Radio Free Europe reported.
The ebook, which contains 11 chapters, advises extremists in the west not to show any signs that they’re devout Muslims so that they do not raise suspicion from national and local law enforcement agencies.
The book’s first chapter, titled “Hiding the Extremist Identity,” tells extremists in the West not to grow their beard out, if they haven’t already, which is contradictory to the law the group enforces inside its caliphate. But if supporters have grown their beards out, they are advised not to shave their beard completely because that would drive suspicion from friends and family. The book instead suggests that supporters should trim their beards into fashionable goatees to fit in better with society.
For female jihadis, the book advises them not to wear black hijabs and suggests that they wear colored hijabs, because women wearing black hijabs are more likely to be searched in an airport.
The e-book continues by offering advice on how jihadis in the West can disguise their communications. It suggests that if supporters need to communicate over the phone or Internet, it’s important for them to use codewords in order to throw off authorities. If the sympathizers are communicating by letter, they should write in lemon juice, which the recipient can read by warming up the paper.
The book suggests in Chapter 2, “Disguise,” that ISIS supporters should change their Muslim names to something more Western and should act more friendly to help increase the chance that they get some kind of inside government job that will help them carry out their espionage objectives. For instance, a supporter named “Ali” should change his name to “Al.”
“People with Islamic names get less jobs than those with [Western] names. This alias might be important if you need an important position in a specific job, i.e. Mujahideen send people to work in power plants or enemy governmental positions to spy on and leak reports to the Islamic State leadership (as double agents),” the Middle East Media Research Institute quoted the book as stating.
“Making yourself look more friendly and open minded to the Western public, for example: Muslims who call themselves by a Western nickname gain more acceptances by their non-Muslim colleagues.”
In the third chapter, the guide advises Western sympathizers on how to illegally get money so that they can help finance the terror organization or finance their migration to the caliphate.
The chapter also discusses how to use mobile phones as bomb detonators.
As an example of what kind of impact homemade bombs can have, the e-book states that the Boston Marathon bombers in April of 2013 used a microwave bomb, which killed three people and left over 170 injured.