al-Qaeda and Associated Movements Collection

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

The al-Qaeda and Associated Movements (AQAM) Collection consists of a wide range of files, including financial records, theological and ideological documents, strategic plans, operational guidebooks, and histories of individual operations from the Afghan war in the 1980s through 2003. There are also a small number of documents generated by the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The CRRC currently includes 295 AQAM records, approximately 10,000 pages, including Arabic originals and full English translations.

Collection Summary and Index

These documents are grouped thematically (i.e. Intelligence, Plans/Operations, etc).
AQAM Collection Summary and Index

Sample Records

Digital copies of captured records are provided below, along with full English translations and summaries.  These records provide only a small sample of the much larger collection that is available to researchers at the CRRC.

Released in conjunction with the CRRC-Johns Hopkins University “Ten Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past & Future through Captured Records” conference held 13-14 September 2011 at the National Defense University.

AQ-INSED-000-118, “Intelligence training chapters, entitled ‘Dealing with the Enemy,’ ‘Creating Agents,’ and ‘Operations Security,’” undated (circa late-1990s), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-INSE-D-000-122, “Memorandum regarding recruitment, organization and personal security, and creating and managing agents,” undated (prior to 2002), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-MCOP-D-001-136, “Article regarding the 1994 Air France hijacking by Sunni Mujahideen, recommends ‘aerial martyrdom operations,’” 30 December 1994, Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-MISC-D-000-286, “‘Terrorist Groups’ Operations and Plans of the United States to Defeat Them,’ by Hidira al-Argentini, outlining al-Qaeda’s views on the U.S. definition of and reaction to terrorist organizations,” undated, Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-SHPD-D-000-085, “Document detailing the organization of cells in cities, including command, information, supply, and execution cells,” undated (prior to 2002), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-SHPD-D-000-103, “Letter from Abu Hafs to Abu Khalid regarding the rise of the Taliban and their successes in Afghanistan, and the strategic significance of Afghanistan for the United States, Pakistan, Russia, and India,” undated (prior to 2002), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-SHPD-D-001-157, “Jihad media document, regarding means of communication with the population and the importance of slogans and truthfulness,” (circa 1990), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-SHPD-D-001-285, “Document contains al-Qaeda review of the 9/11 attacks on the United States one year later,” undated (circa September 2002), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-THEO-D-001-152, “Questions and answers regarding changing the status of vice in society, using Islamic legal texts and scholarly teachings,” undated (prior to 2003), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-TRED-D-000-996, “Description of several courses in al-Qaeda training program for new recruits,” undated (prior to 2003), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-SHPD-D-00-995, “Abu Yassir urges Osama bin Laden to select only strategic operations even if there is a long time between attacks,” undated (prior to 2003), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record

AQ-POAK-D-000-257, “Al-Qaeda training document for first year members, from the series “To Be Prepared Against Them,” by the Curriculum Committee,” undated (prior to 2003), Conflict Records Research Center, Washington, D.C.
Original Record