Al-Qaeda's 22 Tips For Evading Drones

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This document is one of several found by The Associated Press in buildings recently occupied by Al-Qaeda fighters in Timbuktu, Mali. Written by Abdullah bin Mohammed, apparently with God’s help, with the goal "of disabling the new strategy of the American army at the medium or long-range levels," through three methods: the formation of a public opinion to stand against the attacks, deterring of spies, and tactics of deception and blurring. These 22 tactics are as follows...

  1. It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russian-made “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computer-know-how.
  2. Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.”
  3. Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
  4. Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance ones because they fly low, about six kilometers or less.
  5. Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole.
  6. Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and confusing the NATO missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.
  7. Using general confusion methods and not to use permanent headquarters.
  8. Discovering the presence of a drone through well-placed reconnaissance networks and to warn all the formations to halt any movement in the area.
  9. To hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night.
  10. To hide under thick trees because they are the best cover against the planes.
  11. To stay in places unlit by the sun such as the shadows of the buildings or the trees.
  12. Maintain complete silence of all wireless contacts.
  13. Disembark of vehicles and keep away from them especially when being chased or during combat.
  14. To deceive the drone by entering places of multiple entrances and exits.
  15. Using underground shelters because the missiles fired by these planes are usually of the fragmented anti-personnel and not anti-buildings type.
  16. To avoid gathering in open areas and in urgent cases, use building of multiple doors or exits.
  17. Forming anti-spies groups to look for spies and agents.
  18. Formation of fake gatherings such as using dolls and statutes to be placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy.
  19. When discovering that a drone is after a car, leave the car immediately and everyone should go in different direction because the planes are unable to get after everyone.
  20. Using natural barricades like forests and caves when there is an urgent need for training or gathering.
  21. In frequently targeted areas, use smoke as cover by burning tires.
  22. As for the leaders or those sought after, they should not use communications equipment because the enemy usually keeps a voice tag through which they can identify the speaking person and then locate him.


In case there are any other tactics or deterring means, please add them here so that the benefit will be wider and I pray to God to save us from the American intrigues and turn these intrigues against them.

Written by Abdullah bin Mohammed

Date 15 Rajab, 1432 (Islamic calendar) corresponding to 17 June, 2011.


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cliffynator's picture

Great! Now we know who to turn to when we need to keep these drones off our own backs!

nmewn's picture

Life is funny that way ;-)

EnglishMajor's picture

Amazing what a few weeks at a C.I.A. training camp will teach you.

DJ Happy Ending's picture

Most of these "tips" are either obvious or worthless. They don't have a chance.

otto skorzeny's picture

report to your local FEMA camp ASAP

AssFire's picture


That is what you chose to continue this thread??

You could have mentioned this is about this being the most cowardly way to kill people without a judge, jury or trial plus it compounds the hatred factor to our meddling government an all Americans in general.

Manthong's picture

Gotta’ watch out any skilled snipers lobbing rifle rounds at 6 km low flying drones..

bystanders on the ground are in more danger than the drone.    .

nmewn's picture

Kinda like Biden blastin away with his shotgun on the

Pure Evil's picture

Probably the neighbors prefer him blastin' away with the shotgun over shootin' off his mouth.

CaptainObvious's picture

How about we make all of ZH happy?  Biden can put his shotgun in his mouth and start blasting away.

*Note to the Utah domestic spying center that we aren't supposed to know about - I am not advocating for the death of a public official.  This is what we call "humor".

**Note to ZH - Don't post anything like I just did.  The Camp FEMA cots are uncomfortable as hell and the horse meat steaks are tough.  And this one FEMA guard keeps calling me "sweet cheeks", which has resulted in me always having my back to a wall.

Pure Evil's picture

While your back is against the wall you might want to check that there isn't a hole drilled behind you just about ass level.

CaptainObvious's picture

That's the pisser...I can't even check for ass-level holes, because then I'd have to turn around and bend over.

flacon's picture

Who's a better investor, Warren Buffet who bought tomato ketchup, or Joe Biden who bought a shot gun?

Ctrl_P's picture

It is questions like this that make me thankful I can carve up a cow and make rounds.

GetZeeGold's picture


Note to the Utah domestic spying center that we aren't supposed to know about


Dammit...that was suppose to be a secret.

I guess now we'll have to go with plan B and assign 2 NSA agents to follow you around and report to control.

chumbawamba's picture

"There is the golden solution that shortens the long distances and through which we can bring back the pressure of the American public opinion in a more active way depending on the strategy of kidnapping in exchange for the drone strategy and we should not stop until they stop their strategy which will enable all the supporter of jihad to take part in defeating Petraeus and his new strategy. We start kidnapping Western citizens in any spot in the world, whether in the Islamic Maghreb, Egypt, Iraq or any other easy kidnapping places and the only demand is the halt of attacks on civilians in Yemen which is a just and humanitarian demand that will create world support and a public opinion pressure in America as they are being hurt again. We, therefore, aim at the core of the nation’s strategy which if failed, America, will accordingly collapse."

I hope no one's planned a vacation in the Islamic Maghreb, Egypt, Iraq or any other easy kidnapping places.

I am Chumbawamba.

Stackers's picture

Drat, no Sky-Grabbers on ebay

francis_sawyer's picture

Hasn't "Q" come up with a Rolex or Omega wristwatch that can handle such things?

smlbizman's picture

# a politician....

diesheepledie's picture

I will sell you insurance against ass level holes in the FEMA camp. And if anyone is interested, I am also offering derivatives on that ass-hole insurance, in case he does get rammed in the ass ...

Zap Powerz's picture

I fucking figures those fucking weirdo, cultish mormons would have something to do with all this fucking bullshit going on around this fucking cuntry.

Hulk's picture

Next thing Biden will be doing is telling us how to bring these things down with birdshot !!!

A Nanny Moose's picture

He's just "quail hunting"

Smiley's picture

If you can hit a flying target at 6km with a rifle the CIA will give you a seven figure job on the spot!

Dr. Richard Head's picture

I'm going to reflective tint the top of my car. How long before that becomes against the code of Pirate Tinto and his code enforcers?

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

"..reflective tint the top of my car.."

..and don't forget -breaking a window will boost the economy, Krugman says so
Two for the price of one! - yeeehaw!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Most of these "tips" are either obvious or worthless. They don't have a chance.

Here's a better one:

Assemble a group of three children and, after attaching a ball-and-chain ankle restraint to each one, leave them at the side of the road. This will exploit the drone's innate affinity for targeting children and draw it away from you.

Pure Evil's picture

Would probably be helpful if you attached a big sign that read Sandy Hook Elementary School.

OutLookingIn's picture

Remote controlled Cessna Beach Bonanza with .50 cal.

Or cheapo version - Cessna remote kit stuffed with C-4 fly into drone. Done.

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

+1 for MP humor

-1 for no label on link

fattail's picture

wait, who we rooting for???

Daily Bail's picture

"If the release of classified information really would seriously endanger the lives of innocent people and the only way to prevent the release of the information was to kill the journalist, then the journalist would be liable to attack."

The New Yorker asks:

Can A President Use Drones Against Journalists?
OutLookingIn's picture

Why would he do that?

They write with forked tongues, and are his buddies!

Pure Evil's picture

If you had the power to kill without any legal ramifications then why would it matter who you killed or why?

It's like smashing a spider that crawls across your desk in front of you.

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

"It's like smashing a spider that crawls across your desk in front of you."

Me no can do - maybe thats why I never will get a Nobel Price

I exist Spider in da house - Me always take Mr. Spider in leg of own choice and drag out in mother nature again

DaveyJones's picture

me too, once I became garden boy

tenpanhandle's picture

Same hear except for al-Qaeda spiders (black widow and brown recluse).

A Nanny Moose's picture

Perhaps they give Al-CIAda too much credit?

Mugatu's picture

Best tip to avoid being hit by a drone is not on here - contribute money to any U.S. liberal candidate.

One World Mafia's picture

Actually this document looks fake and may be more of a psyop to keep us convinced al-Qaeda is the enemy when it's actually supported by our govt.  The tips are pretty worthless.

jeff montanye's picture

that running in different directions one is very valuable, albeit hard to do.  forgot it in a snowball/automobile incident and we barely made the woods.