Notebook found in Raqqa prison reveals ISIS’s thirst for blood

A notebook found in a prison in Raqqa may reveal a blueprint for ISIS’s plans for operations in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Destabilising Saudi Arabia, using human shields to protect the group’s fighters from air strikes and issues over a lack of religious knowledge among recruits all feature in the document discovered in a prison in the Rashidiya district of the city in December.

Passed exclusively to The National, and largely written in English and Arabic by the same person, the notebook lays out plans for ensuring the group’s long-term survival and offers insights into how the group intends to wage insurgencies.

A second author writes in French in the notebook, which contains more than 60 pages of writing and doodles.