When Islamic extremists fled Mali after the French invasion in January, they left behind a document listing 22 tips on how al-Qaida fighters can avoid drone attacks as the war on terror increasingly is fought through airstrikes.
The Associated Press found and published the “Xeroxed copy of a tipsheet authored by a Yemeni extremist.” AP said the tips have been “published on some jihadi forums,” but they have “made little appearance in English.”
Al-Qaida-linked terrorism is on the rise in Northern Africa, and the tipsheet “shows the coordination between al-Qaeda chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern,” AP reported.
According to AP, University of Toulouse professor Mathieu Guidere “authenticated” the document, saying it “supports the fact that [al-Qaida] knew there are secret US bases for drones, and were preparing themselves.”
Al-Qaida fighters in Mali were spotted taking precautions straight off the tipsheet, like hiding under trees (No. 10) and using mats to camouflage cars (No. 3).