The author of this document, Abu Huthayfa, writes to his mentor (Usama bin Laden) and presents his views on the leadership skills and tactics that al-Qa`ida must use to achieve victory. Abu Huthayfa gives emphasis to political and military methods, as well as public relations strategies and information management techniques that can produce positive results for al-Qa`ida. The writer also emphasizes a leadership style that calls for reflection, self-knowledge, and the development of a database of al-Qa`ida members and programs. Abu Huthayfa also comments on the value of the sanctuary provided by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the need for al-Qa`ida’s political section to control the movement so it can guarantee the correct application of Shariah, and the need for the al-Qa`ida movement to establish a website.

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