Al Qaeda performance review letter reveals business-like structure

Posted at 10:56 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 22:56:24-04

After the September 11th attacks the widely accepted assessment of Al-Qaida’s level of sophistication was a bunch of amateur terrorists training in the desert on monkey bars.

But a letter detailing an exchange between middle management of Al-Qaida’s North African branch, yes – Al-Qaida actually has middle management — and a disgruntled employee reveals a highly bureaucratic organization that operates more like Tony Soprano’s fictional crew — both vicious and organized.

An unverified photo of Moktar Belmoktar– acquired by the Associated Press and supplied by the Site Intel Group allegedly shows an uncooperative terrorist, who – according to his regional bosses, failed to turn in expense reports on time and wasn’t a ‘team player.’

Referring to him by an alias, Al-Qaida managers wrote, “Abu Abbas is not willing to follow anyone. He is only willing to be followed and obeyed.”

Moktar was also accused of misusing funds. “Abu Abbas didn’t participate in stepping up to buy weapons,” the letter says. “So whose performance deserves to be called poor in this case, I wonder?”

Perhaps the most stunning revelation from the internal exchange is management’s dissatisfaction with Moktar’s terror output…chiding him for not killing enough people, in what amounts to a bizarre – and disturbing, performance review.

“Any observer of the armed actions (carried out) in the Sahara will clearly notice the failure of The Masked Brigade to carry out spectacular operations, despite the region’s vast possibilities…”Your brigade did not achieve a single spectacular operation targeting the crusader alliance.”

Former Military intelligence officer and former FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force member Steve Rogers says this new this peek behind the Al-Qaida curtain abroad…raises new questions about the counter-terrorism effort here in the United States.

“It seems to me that they took the criminal organization model and developed it into a terrorist organization (with) people reporting expense accounts, people reporting after action reports (and) complaining about who’s not doing their job,” Rogers told PIX11.