The recently released third issue of al-Qaeda in Iraq?s publication Thurwat al-Sinam, which is also known as the Highest Point and The Tip of the Camel's Hump, contains a new section devoted to providing details of six steps required for planning and carrying a successful raid, defined in the publication as a "fast and unexpected attack against a steady target"
The article suggests that raids be carried out using five groups: a "protection group" responsible for providing cover by keeping enemy reinforcements at bay, a "support group" responsible for attacking the enemy's strongholds and providing cover on the retreat, a "gap making group" responsible for creating openings in the defense of the enemy, and a "push-in group" responsible for leading the attack into the target. Once the initial attack has succeeded, a smaller group should be sent into to target to "search for information, [the] wounded, prisoners, booty, destroying the enemy's storage areas and vehicles".
The article cautions against turning raids into a "confrontation" and impresses the need for substantial advance planning and training.
A full translation of the article is provided to our Intel Service members.