26 Feb '13, 3am

Malian jihadists aware of Qaeda's advice on avoiding drone attacks

Malian jihadists aware of Qaeda's advice on avoiding drone attacks

The Associated Press recently found an interesting document in Timubktu, Mali. The document, written by a senior commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen, was a tipsheet on how to avoid drone attacks by the US. The building in Mali where the document was found had been occupied by members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghbreb (AQIM) before they were driven out by French forces earlier this month. As AP notes, this document is interesting for several reasons. For one thing, it indicates that AQIM expected a military intervention in Mali and the use of drones. According to Mathieu Guidere, a professor at the University of Toulouse, the existence of the document "supports the fact that they knew there are secret US bases for drones, and were preparing themselves" and that they "were thinking about this issue for a long time." The document also "shows we ar...

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