"...most of the ideas I’m dealing with now at the jihad level are practical and they were the same ideas but unorganised and not fully clear. Perhaps, life’s stress and order prevented from enhancing them practically or even from thinking about them; such as caliphate and Islamic principles."
Described as a Saudi-born "Palestinian" -- utter nonsense (everyone is a resident of a country that never existed, an invention created to destroy the Jewish people.)
I'd like to read these many volumes, but the short excerpts published at The Independent confirm everything I have been writing, analyizond and opining on for years. This is Islam. Zubaydah is a devout Muslim fighting in the cause of Islam. In describing the other Muslims in the camp, Zubaydah writes, "others are here for jihad and until Allah decides for something to be done." I wonder how many Muslims in the West are also waiting until Allah decides for something to be done.
The secret diary of al-Qa’ida’s No 3 - Abu Zubaydah, from student to hardline jihadi and CIA torture The Independent
Remarkable personal account released of Guantanamo detainee allegedly responsible for planning 9/11 atrocity and other major attacks
The private diaries of Abu Zubaydah, formerly thought to be the third in command of al-Qa’ida and one of the most prominent remaining detainees in Guantanamo Bay, have been released by the US government.
They offer a remarkable and personal picture of how al-Qa’ida grew from its origins in the mujahedin struggle against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan into the organisation that carried out the 2001 attacks against the US.
They track Zubaydah’s journey from a student to a hardened jihadi.
The diaries, obtained by a freedom of information request by Al Jazeera, cover more than a decade. They start in 1990 when Zubaydah – a Saudi-born Palestinian – was a 19-year-old student in computer sciences in Mysore, India, a few months before he travelled to join the Afghan civil war that followed the Soviet departure. They end days before his capture in Faisalabad, Pakistan, in March 2002.
At the time, he was regarded by the CIA as the third-ranking figure in al-Qa’ida, behind only Osama Bin Laden and the group’s current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Zubaydah was held to be one of the planners of the 9/11 attacks and of virtually every other major attack perpetrated by al-Qa’ida before that, including the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa.
He was taken to a CIA “ghost site” in Thailand and waterboarded 83 times in a bid to extract information about future terrorist operations.
He was among the first al-Qa’ida detainees subjected to the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that had just been approved by George W Bush’s Justice Department.
Later the Bush administration revised its view of Zubaydah’s importance as it became clear he was more of a bureaucrat within al-Qa’ida than a frontline operative. Even so, he was mentioned no less than 52 times in the final report of the 9/11 Commission on the 2001 attacks, published in 2004.
The secret and highly personal dairies, with their numerous mentions of bin Laden and other al-Qa’ida figures, suggest a meticulous record keeper. Their contents, which are being revealed for the first time, provided the basis for holding many of the prisoners at Guantanamo, of whom 160 remain.
According to Al Jazeera America, the documents – a copy of the government’s English translation of the diaries – were obtained from a former US intelligence official who worked with the CIA and FBI on al-Qa’ida issues.
There are six volumes of the 1990-2002 diaries, excerpts from the first of which were published by Al Jazeera.
Zubaydah is believed to have compiled more diaries while being held by the CIA, in which he is said to describe in detail his torture. Since 2006 he has been held at Guantanamo Bay, although he has not been charged with any crime.
The loss of his diaries, now formally the property of the Pentagon, appears to have affected him deeply. In March 2007, he told a review tribunal that the CIA’s refusal to honour what he claimed was a promise to return them had caused him to have 40 seizures. That mental anguish, Zubaydah said, “is bigger than what the CIA (did to) me”.
He also likened the withholding of the notebooks to the kidnapping of a child, claiming that after his transfer to Guantanamo, he had “asked 20 hours a day” about when they would be returned.
EXTRACTS: THE MAKING OF A JIHADI
Zubaydah resolves to go to Afghanistan
6 January 1991
Yesterday, and only yesterday, I decided to go to Afghanistan. I believe that I have talked to you about a plan to go to Afghanistan before, which was unsuccessful. However, this time it is different [the rest of the sentence is crossed out and illegible]. I have decided to visit the place, receive training and come back to conclude my education. The intent is bona fide, Allah willing. Almost everything is ready except that I am scared of the circumstances. Yet I trust in Allah. And we seek refuge in Him.
Arriving in Peshawar to begin jihadi training
19 January 1991
We arrived yesterday morning; we are in Peshawar.
The system here, as we have learned later on, is as follows:
First: the services office; it is an office that handles jihad matters and Arab mujahedin’s organisation as well as support to both Arab and Afghani mujahedin. From that office branches many houses for the incoming mujahedin from outside Afghanistan, Arabs and others. The spiritual atmosphere here is good.
Some came to train for a short period and go back just to be prepared. Others are here for jihad and until Allah decides for something to be done. Some are young; their beards or moustache have not appeared yet. Others are old in their fifties or more. Also, the idea of settling here is enticing me and I cannot seem to control it.
His brother tries to convince him to return home
1 May 1991
My brother, Mahir, came finally. In short, we sat together and talked. He talked about many things that are somehow frustrating; the mother, the father, the brothers and parents’ obedience and, in addition to few quick fatwas created by his emotions. Anyway, we both do not and will not understand each other.
Also, dear Hani, we sat by the stream that runs through the camp. He was reading my father’s letter to me; I gave it to him to read it. He said, “Read your father’s letter; it is better for you.” He meant what they are suffering from because of me. I smiled and ripped it before his eyes while he is shocked and hurt and his face became gloomy. I tried explaining to him the importance of sacrifice for the sake of the religion and he tried, may Allah bless him, to explain to me the importance of having the parents’ approval for jihad.
17 May 1991, Khaldan Camp, Afghanistan
Yesterday, the group and I began a special course in explosives. The morning exercise line-up begins at 6am; jogging, fast-pace running, mountain climbing and special exercises. As you notice, most of the ideas I’m dealing with now at the jihad level are practical and they were the same ideas but unorganised and not fully clear. Perhaps, life’s stress and order prevented from enhancing them practically or even from thinking about them; such as caliphate and Islamic principles.
At the front, under attack
3 July 1991, Gardez, Afghanistan
I, rather, we the explosives group, are in Gardez now at the back line since last Friday. Airplane shelling, and one of the shells landed in the heart of the camp; but praise Allah, no one was injured. Continuous artillery shells, digging ditches, carrying rocks from the mountain, dirt, sweat and exhaustion; a true mental relaxation, Allah willing and oh Allah!