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Have What it Takes to be in Al Qaeda? Apply here.

Al Qaeda's job application in very traditional, but contains questions that hint at the chilling work the job entails.

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Even the world’s most notorious terror organization needs human resources.

An application to become a member of al Qaeda collected during the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was released Wednesday. Much of it reads like a typical job application with language straight out of HR: it includes questions about personal information, past work and education experience, and foreign language proficiency. It even tells the applicant to direct any questions to his or her “brother supervisor,” asks that all answers are written “clearly and legibly,” and assures applicants their answers would be kept private.

But hidden among this innocuous language are questions that hint at the grim work the job entails. You can read the entire application here, but below are samples of some of the more chilling, and odd, inquiries.

How long do you plan to stay in the (jihadi) theater?

Any hobbies or pastimes?

What is your favorite material: science or literature?

Do any of your family or friends work with the government? If so, would he/she be willing to cooperate with or help us?

What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path?

Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?

Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?

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David Francis was a senior reporter for Foreign Policy, where he covered international finance. @davidcfrancis

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