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Abu Musab al-Suri Outlines Strategy for Attacks Against America, Britain, Russia, and NATO Countries
By SITE Institute
July 13, 2005

Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, AKA Abu Musab al-Suri, one of this decade's most important leaders of the international jihadist movement, published a 1,600 page book in December 2004 entitled "The International Islamic Resistance Call" which outlines future strategies for the international jihadist movement. Al-Suri is not only a founder of both al-Qaeda and the Algerian GIA, but also widely acknowledged as a master of both urban warfare and the usage of explosives. His book begins by dictating that armed jihad must be supported through a "…background of political thinking and understanding and programming".

Once the jihadist groups have created a sustainable civil society, they can begin al-Suri's three stage battle: … [first] all forms for war presence [sic] of the enemy in our land … other world countries second, and at their homeland third". Throughout his book, al-Suri names these enemy countries as the "…Jews, Americans, British, Russian, and any and all the NATO countries, as well as any country takes the position of oppressing Islam and Muslims". He further provides a clear indication that only by carrying out terrorist attacks and decentralized urban warfare would the jihadi network win. Al-Suri explicitly calls for attacks on all sectors of the enemy's influence, both civilian and military. According to his book, the "…political, military, economical, educational, missionary, and tourist presence…etc in our countries" are the primary targets of jihad.

Al-Suri then describes the "third generation of mujahideen" as a generation currently in the process of being defined, born after the "September happenings, the occupation in Iraq, and the Palestinian Intifada". While extorting the third generation to keep to their roots in the international movement, al-Suri describes his 1990 decision that jihadist groups can not hope to confront America and its allies directly. The groups must move from the classical structure for an underground organization, which a hierarchical "pyramid" shaped chain of command, to a "secret gang-war [structure], which has different and numerous cells untied together [separate cells]."

A full translation of selected excerpts is provided to our Intel Service members.

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