This is the fifth segment in the series “The Terrorism Industry” by Sheikh Abu Ubaydah Abdallah al-Adam, who was until his death a prominent leader of Al-Qaeda responsible for its intelligence and security operations. The series was published by the Al-Fajr Media Institution, which is responsible for disseminating the written, audio and visual materials of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
We will now discuss the most important topic in the field of personal security – the stages through which every comrade vying to take part in the jihad activities of an organization, group or faction must pass. These stages are progressive and designed to prevent the enemy from infiltrating the organization; the regimes that control Arab states and their intelligence agencies recruit many people in order to gather information and protect the regime.
In this stage, one must examine the characteristics and attributes necessary for jihadist group activities, and look for these traits in the relevant person. If the said individual does display these traits, then he should move on to the second stage and if not, he should not continue past the initial stage.