Al-Qaeda memo tells recruiters to pick the ignorant and incite them

Al-Qaeda recruiters must pick common and ignorant Muslims who are pure at heart and can easily be incited by speeches and writings, a file recovered from Osama bi Laden’s (pictured) hideout in northern Pakistan’s Abbottabad shows, Al Arabiya reports.

Bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks on World Trade Center in New York, was killed when US military raided his hideout in 2011.

The file on recruitment dated 29 March 2010 is an internal bulletin or memo sent to al-Qaeda members with clear instruction not to let it go beyond the jihadist media.

It was written by a warrior, poet, scholar and commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was seen by many as a possible successor to bin Laden. He was killed in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan in June 2012.

In the memo, Abu Yahya says recruiters should have discussions with the so-called elites. Common people, on the other hand, do not realise the truth of scientific discussions and political analysis. They are more emotional and can be incited easily.

They are pure and good and their minds are not corrupted by complex and confusing thoughts as in the case of elites, Abu Yahya says in the memo.

Documents released earlier focused on managing the group’s external networks which included finding the right man to lead and getting resources for overseas operations.