EXCLUSIVE REVEALED: THE TERROR BOMBERS' HANDBOOK (UK)
EXCLUSIVE Manual is threat to British troops
A BOMB-MAKING manual for rebels has been seized by special forces soldiers - first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. It shows how to make a remote-controlled device using wireless doorbells, car alarms and cordless telephones. The detonator is then linked to unexploded mines, rockets or bombs. The notebook has a formal way of addressing the reader and is clearly written by an educated person who uses military language.
The terror guide shows how to make devices identical to ones already used to kill British and US troops in Iraq.
Discovery of copies in at least three languages proves rebels in both countries are in close contact.
Major General Benjamin Freakley, commander of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, said: "We're starting to see tactics, techniques and procedures such that you could draw a conclusion they may have come from Iraq."
Intelligence experts first seized the DIY bomb notebook within Iraq's flashpoint Sunni triangle.
Copies of the hand-written and stapled manual were discovered written in Iraqi Arabic and the two main Afghani tongues - Pashtu and Farsi.
One US intelligence source explained: "We first found the manual on an Iraqi insurgent in Baghdad. We hoped to have contained the guide before it spread across the region.
"But now we have discovered it in raids across Afghanistan.
"It is obviously in a lot of hands now as we found copies in various provinces including Wardak, Kandahar, Kabul, Helmand and Bamyan."
Around 4,000 British troops will arrive this summer in Helmand -one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions.
It is feared troops from the 16th Air Assault Brigade will face increased attacks from Taliban fighters. One copy of the 19-page notebook was even found inside an Afghan child's school exercise book.
It shows how to make a remote-controlled device using wireless doorbells, car alarms and cordless telephones. The detonator is then linked to unexploded mines, rockets or bombs. The notebook has a formal way of addressing the reader and is clearly written by an educated person who uses military language.
An introduction says: "This document is an instruction manual for use of radio communication device for use with remote controlled improvised explosive devices."
It contains instructions and diagrams and the author tells how to test and use the devices. The writer concludes: "Peace be upon you and good luck."
An FBI source has also leaked to the Mirror pictures of home-made bombs found in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is possible to see mother boards containing the name of suspected manufacturers. The Ministry of Defence said: "We have seen no evidence that large numbers of terrorists will cross the border into Afghanistan to attack UK forces.
"We need to be aware, however, that terrorists, insurgents and illegally armed groups are likely to target our forces as they will Afghan officials and security forces.
"We need to take every necessary measure to ensure that our forces are prepared to deal with threats."
Von: By Chris Hughes Security Correspondent, 21.04.2006, http://www.mirror.co.uk