The document includes advice such as “hide under thick trees” (believed to be bin Laden’s contribution), and instructions for setting up a “fake gathering” using dolls to “mislead the enemy”.

Found by the Associated Press in a building in Timbuktu, the ancient city occupied by Islamists last year, the document is believed to have been abandoned as extremists fled a French military intervention last month. It is a Xeroxed copy of a tipsheet (pdf) authored by a Yemeni extremist that has been published on some jihadi forums, but that has made little appearance in English.

The list reflects how al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghbreb anticipated a military intervention that would make use of drones, as the war on terror shifts from the ground to the air.



  1. orchidcup says:

    Jamming the control frequencies with an old-fashioned multi-spectrum transmitter appears to be one of the strategies.

    This one is rather puzzling:

    5. Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-metre copper pole.

    A water-lifting dynamo? An electric water pump?

  2. orchidcup says:

    3. Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.

    That will teach those drones a lesson or two.

  3. pedro says:

    I think some recognition is due to mharry860 and/or msbpodcast for bringing this story to our attention

  4. deowll says:

    Thanks for the post.

  5. Trust Me says:

    Tip #25:

    Gather all your friends. Then dig a hole six feet deep. Lay down in the hole. Have a friend back-fill the hole with the displaced dirt. Have a third friend repeat the process on the second friend. Keep going until there’s only one friend left standing. Have that friend blow himself up.

    The drones will be fooled.

  6. Rick says:

    If you’re not doing anything illegal you have nothing to worry about, just enjoy that outdoor cookout and ignore the buzzing noise above.

    • The Monster's Lawyer says:

      You hear that buzzing too? I thought I was going nuts. Do you hear those voices too? I found that wearing a tin foil hat and padding my underwear with a few foil sheets helps. You’ll thank me later.

  7. MikeN says:

    You should simply go to the website and click opt-out from the drone program. You will be placed on the Do Not Drone list.