'Islamic State' State-Building Manual Leaks Online

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The Guardian has published a 24-page Islamic State (IS) manual online which describes how the terrorist group is attempting to become an independent state in Iraq and Syria; it details plans from propaganda operations to plans for creating a self-sufficient economy.

The manual, which you can see below, is said to have been written last year, some time between July and October 2014. It’s called ‘Principles in the administration of the Islamic State,’ and it describes many of the ways in which IS plans to become an increasingly organised presence. It describes government departments, a treasury, centralised control of oil and gas, development of foreign relations and, of course, how to create a slick propaganda machine.

The document describes how IS wants to train it forces in the future, too. From the Guardian:

[I]t details how Isis will build separate training camps for regular troops and veterans fighters. Veterans, it says, should go on a fortnight’s refresher course each year to receive instruction in the “latest arts of using weapons, military planning and military technologies”. It says they will also be given a “detailed commentary on the technologies” of the enemy and “how the soldiers of the state can take advantage of them”.

The document is said to be just one of 30 handed over by a businessman working within IS. The release of the document comes soon after Hillary Clinton made a nonsensical plea for Silicon Valley to help disrupt terrorist organisations.. [Guardian]

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