Lone wolf guide: strategy and fashion tips for jihadis revealed
Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has issued an advice booklet for followers who want to carry out "lone wolf" attacks of the sort that are plaguing European countries.
The booklet, 'Safety and security guidelines for lone wolf Mujahideen and small cells', tells readers how to "surprise the enemy" by evading security agencies.
It gives lists of encryption software that can be used to disguise the contents of emails and mobile phone calls, and outlines the basic operation of a terrorist cell structure that limits the number of supporters any other supporter knows.
It offers advice on melding in with the local population by "not looking like a Muslim".
That means shaving off beards, wearing western clothes and not attending mosque too frequently.
Fashion tips are included for those not used to "casual" dress, including making colours go with each other, not wearing new clothes "as that can be suspicious", and not using the oily, non-alcoholic perfume that Muslims use.
"Use generic alcoholic perfume as everyone does," the booklet says.
The booklet, originally written in Arabic for al-Qa'ida, has been translated and re-released in English by Isil, which split from al-Qa'ida in 2014. (© Daily Telegraph, London)