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belal khazaalA Sydney man was yesterday found guilty of making a “do-it-yourself terrorism guide” knowing it could be used to assist a terrorist act, becoming the second person to be convicted under Australia’s tough anti-terror regime.

Belal Saadallah Khazaal, 38, of the western Sydney suburb of Lakemba, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years’ jail for the offence of compiling the book, which contained an assassination hit-list including US President George W. Bush.

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The 110-page document listed various means of assassination, including letterbombs, booby-trapping cars, kidnappings, poisonings, attacking motorcades and shooting down planes.

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The NSW Supreme Court heard that under the nom de plume Abu Mohamed Attawheedy, Khazaal put together into book form a compilation of articles written by other people that promoted violence against Christians, Jews and non-Muslims and then had it posted on the internet site www.almaqdese.com.

At the front of the book was a dedication to “all mujaheddin everywhere, all martyrs of Islam, prisoners languishing in the prisons of tyrants be it infidels, apostates or hypocrites, Christians, Jews, or infidels, idolater and apostate”. It went on to say “may they be freed from the prisons of tyrants, the enemies of the people and religion.”

And in the introduction to the book Abu Mohamed Attawheedy referred to the document as an “essay”, saying he was requested to prepare to serve as a “reference to all brothers or small cells desiring to support this religion”.

The jury was told that the first half of the book concentrated on religious teachings and rulings about jihad, while the rest of the book canvassed reasons, benefits and methods of assassinations. Among the countries on the hit list were Australia and the US.

The book contained references to previous successful terrorist attacks and to material from serious international terrorists including al-Qa’ida number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri. It also included material that talked about how “small cells” could cause havoc and horror to the US and Jews alike.

In another section of the book discussing the “characteristics of the assassination team” it suggested that after three successful assassinations and a kidnapping, a team member “can be appointed to lead a cell”.

US terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann described the book to the court as a do-it-yourself guide to terrorism aimed at people who didn’t have Osama bin Laden’s telephone number.

a) Hairdresser

b) Charity worker

c) Nightclub singer

d) Airline cleaner

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C’mon, you knew the answer.

A former Sydney Qantas cleaner was today sentenced to a maximum 12-year jail term for compiling a “do-it-yourself jihad” manual.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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