A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
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U.S. intelligence Wednesday declassified the Al-Qaeda recruitment form from the archive of Osama bin Laden.Al-Qaeda's internal planning memos paint a picture of the jihadi leader operating almost as the director of human resources at a struggling multinational.Bin Laden called for select individuals to be trained at Al-Qaeda safe houses in Pakistan over a period of months before being sent to launch attacks in the West.Bin Laden says he does not need to know the details of the "external work" – Al-Qaeda's term for attacks on Western targets outside the battlefield – for security reasons.In another document that CIA analysts believe was written either by bin Laden or a senior Al-Qaeda operational leader, the group warns that some recruits are deploying too soon.The bind Al-Qaeda found itself in was that its experienced jihadis were often known to enemy intelligence agencies and lacked travel papers.
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