Abu Anas’s “Al-Qaeda Manual”: A Blueprint for the “Arab Spring”?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In May 2000, British police raided the Manchester home of reputed al-Qaeda operative Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Anas al-Libi. Last Tuesday, some 10 days after having been plucked from the streets of Tripoli by US special forces, al-Libi was arraigned in a New York courthouse on charges relating to the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Among the possessions seized from al-Libi’s home in the May 2000 raid, investigators discovered a 180-page handwritten document that has been widely cited in the intervening years as a supposed al-Qaeda training manual: the famous “Manchester Manual.”

While it may help prosecutors to convict al-Libi, however, on closer inspection the manual shows that the jihadist “cause” to which al-Libi rallied nearly a quarter of a century ago is essentially the same cause that the United States and its Western allies have been supporting in places such as Libya and Syria today…

For the details, see my new article on Al-Monitor here.

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