Sunday 23 October 2016

Detailed questions for would-be suicide bombers

RECRUITS hoping to be accepted into the ranks of al-Qaeda had to fill in a remarkably detailed application form, which was revealed by the CIA, having been seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011.

Hopeful jihadists were asked to describe their hobbies, language skills, contacts with Westerners and willingness to carry out suicide missions.

The application form, created by "The Security Committee - al-Qaeda Organisation", must be filled out "accurately and truthfully" and written "clearly and legibly," the form said.

"If you would like to discuss any further issue, please tell your direct brother supervisor," the application form states.

Candidates must then state their name, age, alias, profession and marital status - plus "date of your arrival in the land of Jihad". Education level must be stated, along with the date when "Allah blessed you with this gift".

"Did you use a real or forged passport for your current travel?" is a question that would give pause for thought, and the application form seems to encourage thinking ahead by asking whether the applicant would "execute a suicide mission" and "what objectives" would they "like to accomplish" on the "jihad path".

To that end, the final question is pertinent. "Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?" candidates are asked.

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