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Jury hears of 'do-it-yourself jihad' book

Jury hears of 'do-it-yourself jihad' book

Author: Margaret Scheikowski
Publication: News.com.au
Date: August 21, 2008
URL: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24220321-421,00.html

A Do-It-Yourself jihad book provided terrorists with the basics of a "recipe for disaster", a Sydney jury has been told.

Giving evidence at the trial of Belal Saadallah Khazaal today, US international terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann agreed the book did not give instructions on how to make explosives or poisonous materials.

But he told crown prosecutor Peter Neil, SC, it could be used by "homegrown cells'' in combination with such instructions as could be found elsewhere.

"It is a recipe for disaster when you mix them together you have a cocktail for a terrorist attack,'' he said in the NSW Supreme Court.

Khazaal, of Lakemba in Sydney's southwest, has pleaded not guilty to knowingly making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act.

He also had denied attempting to incite the commission of a terrorist act.

Khazaal is accused of producing a 110-page book in September 2003 and later causing it to be posted on an internet website.

The book is titled: Provisions on the rules of jihad - short judicial rulings and organisational instructions for fighters and mujadideen against infidels.

Mr Kohlmann told the jury the book was "do-it-yourself jihad''.

He said some assassination methods listed in the book had been used in successful terrorist acts, while others had been used in attempted acts.

He gave examples of terrorists using some of the 12 assassination methods listed, including sniping, booby trapping cars and shooting down planes.

Khazaal's barrister George Thomas suggested the descriptions of the methods were ``very, very general''.

But Mr Kohlmann said the book was "guiding people how to use their own special expertise'' - for example, the booby trapping section was helpful to those with a knowledge about car electricity.

Mr Thomas referred to material on Mr Kohlmann's own website, globalterroralert.com, which he said included items such as a message from Osama Bin Laden.

But Mr Kohlmann said items on his website were "carefully edited examples'' and terrorists would be "terribly ill advised'' to visit his site, as he monitors the identity of all users.

He agreed the site had an item about suicide vests, but he said it only referred to how to sew them, not other details.

Asked about a beheading shown on his site, Mr Kohlmann said he had cut most of it out and only shown someone sitting in front of men and then "a guy picking up the knife''.

He had placed the material on the site to show people beheadings did happen.

Mr Kohlmann agreed information about military training, assassination methods and other related material was freely available on the internet.

"What is rare is a manual which provides the directions of how to use this knowledge effectively in a coordinated manner to have a real impact,'' he said.

The trial is continuing before Justice Megan Latham.


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