During a search of an Al Qaeda member's home, police in Manchester, England, found a document described by the FBI as the Al Qaeda training manual. The
manual was found in a computer file described as "the military series" related
to the "Declaration of Jihad." These excerpts describe the structure of a
military organization whose main mission is the "overthrow of the godless
regimes and their replacement with an Islamic regime," and include instructions
on counterfeiting and forgery, security measures for undercover activities, and
strategies in the case of arrest and indictment. The manual was translated into
English and introduced as evidence in the embassy bombing trial
in New York in 2001. Further excerpts are available at the Department of
Excerpts from the U.S. indictment of Zacarias Moussaoui which was filed in
December 2001. Moussaoui is the alleged "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11
attacks and this indictment offers information on what U.S. authorities know to
date about bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization. The full indictment is available
at the Department of Justice website.
After being convicted for his conspiracy to blow up the Los Angeles
International Airport in December 1999, Al Qaeda-trained terrorist Ahmed Ressam
agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in hopes of a lighter sentence. In
July 2001, he appeared as a witness for the prosecution at the New York trial
of co-conspirator Mokhtar Haouari. His testimony offers chilling details of
exactly how an Al Qaeda terrorist cell operates and what went on in Osama bin
Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
U.S. authorities learned a lot about the workings of Al Qaeda in the January 2001 trial of four bin Laden associates for the bombing of the U.S. embassies
in East Africa. The government's case against the bin Laden operatives was
based on the testimony of two key witnesses -- Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl and
L'Houssaine Kherchtou -- who provided detailed testimony about Al Qaeda's
structure and inner workings.
Three months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, J. T. Caruso, acting
assistant director of the counterterrorism division of the FBI, testified
before Congress on the history of Al Qaeda, its ties to other terrorist
organizations, and what U.S. authorities learned about the structure and
capabilities of Al Qaeda from the East Africa embassies bombing trial.
PBS's NewsHour offers streaming video and a transcript of its report on the
intricacies of Al Qaeda, its financial network, its recruiting practices, and its ties
to other terrorist groups. The report features interviews with New York
Times correspondent Judith Miller and Harvard University lecturer Jessica
The Financial Times website provides an interactive map showing what
investigators know about Al Qaeda cells and financial centers around the globe,
as well as a collection of reports on the terrorist network.
Time.com offers a rundown, with pictures, of bin Laden's top lieutenants and