Terrorists Take Exams Too


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Wackbag Staff
Terror tests found in al-Qaeda caves


YOUNG students of terror are forced by Osama bin Laden's network to sit exams to test how to assassinate people, shoot down aircraft and build bombs.

Copies of marked test papers have been seized by US intelligence forces, who are examining the multiple choice and short essay exams.

The papers – belonging to three students identified only as Abu Hassan Qatari, Musaub al Freeb and one who went by the single name Osama – included the question: "If an aircraft was travelling at an altitude of 3000ft, which part of the plane should you target in order to inflict the most damage?"

All three chose the correct answer – given only as "target area two".

The students also were quizzed on which were the best parts of the body to hit when shooting to kill. This theory was later put into practice with Kalashnikov rifles.

The exam papers and other training material found in a cave near Kandahar have been added to a mountain of evidence US investigators are using to fight terrorism across the world.

Yesterday US special forces revealed they had obtained a videotape from near Kabul which shows terrorists training for a mass assassination of world leaders at a golf tournament. The tape – also obtained by ABC-TV – shows al-Qaeda recruits using Kalashnikov rifles to rehearse a hostage situation.

Evidence suggested live hostages were used in the exercise. US forces also have found evidence linking al-Qaeda members to past terrorist activities.

"They've found evidence in documents of culpability for specific terrorist operations that have taken place in the past," said former CIA counter-terrorism chief Vince Cannistraro, declining to be more specific.

"They have found names of people in terrorist cells abroad who are in place to conduct another operation," Mr Cannistraro said.

All this has caused a "peeling back of the onion of al-Qaeda" in some parts of the world, he said.

Suspected terrorists, often beating a hasty retreat from their homes, camps and caves, have left behind laptop computers, documents, address books and videotapes – all providing evidence of just how vast and well-organised the al-Qaeda network is.

Information in some discovered documents has led to arrests around the world from Europe to Asia and thwarted attacks such as that planned on the Australian High Commission and other diplomatic offices in Singapore.

The written tests sat by the three students focused on the use of the old Russian-made Dashka anti-aircraft weapon.

Students had to know its inner workings, how to take it apart and put it back together. They had to know the ammunition it used, how many rounds it could fire per minute and per second.

They also had to know the best way to shoot down an aircraft – at what height, the angle at which the weapon should be fired and how many people would be required to carry the weapon. The answer to the last question, in the case of the Dashka, was three.

Each correct answer was marked with a red tick, each wrong answer with an "X".

Al Freeb scored 24.5, Osama 22 and Qatari 19.5 out of a possible 30. Qatari was poor on dates and left some answers blank. Al Freeb gave detailed responses.

Other material found in the caves outside Kandahar, the Taliban's former stronghold, included Arabic and English-language notebooks. The students drew careful designs of weapons, or of a human being, marking off target areas between the eyes and the heart.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said such material could advance cases against detainees held by US forces.