Afghan training camp

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Guantanamo captives alleged attendance at training camps.

An Afghan training camp is a camp or facility used for militant training located in Afghanistan. At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Indian intelligence officials estimated there were over 120 training camps operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan operated by a variety of militant groups.[1]

In 2002 Journalists with the New York Times examined the sites of several former training camps, finding 5,000 documents.[2] According to the New York Times:

The documents show that the training camps, which the Bush administration has described as factories churning out terrorists, were instead focused largely on creating an army to support the Taliban, which was waging a long ground war against the Northern Alliance.

In 2005 the New York Times published an article about camps that continued to function in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.[3]

On July 25, 2007, scholars at the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy published a study that named over two dozen training camps allegedly attended by Guantanamo capives.[4][5]


List of Afghan training camps

al Farouq
  • More Guantanamo captives are alleged to have attended this camp than any other camp.
  • Training lasted for approximately one month.
  • Different Guantanamo captives are alleged to have been trained on a different mix of weapons at al Farouq. If al Farouq provided training on every weapon American intelligence analysts allege is available there then it would provide training on practically every weapon found on the modern battlefield.
  • Alleged to have provided bomb-making training.
Tarnak Farms
Zarqawi training camp


  1. Bindra, Satinder (2001-09-19). "India identifies terrorist training camps". CNN. "Sources told CNN that more than 120 camps are operating in the two countries."  mirror
  2. David Rohde, C. J. Chivers (2002-03-17). "Qaeda's Grocery Lists And Manuals of Killing". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. David Rohde, Carlotta Gall (2005-08-28). "In a Corner of Pakistan a Debate Rages: Are Terrorist Camps Still Functioning?". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  4. Felter, Joseph and Jarret Brachman (25 July 2007). "A response to the Seton Hall Study: An Assessment of 516 Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) Unclassified Summaries". Combating Terrorism Center. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  5. Joseph Felter, Jarret Brachman (2007-07-25). "CTC Report: An Assessment of 516 Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) Unclassified Summaries". Combating Terrorism Center.  mirror
  6. The Khaldan Alumni (.pdf), Toronto Star, December 9, 2005
  7. 7.0 7.1 OARDEC (March 27, 2007). "verbatim transcript of the unclassified session of the Combatant Status Review Tribunal of ISN 10016". Department of Defense. Retrieved April 16, 2007. 
  8. "Missed opportunities: The CIA had pictures. Why wasn’t the al-Qaida leader captured or killed?". MSNBC. March 17, 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  9. "Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ". London: The Times. October 1, 2006.,,2089-2382919,00.html. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  10. "Focus: Chilling message of the 9/11 pilots". London: The Times. October 1, 2006.,,1-524-2382788-524,00.html. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  11. Steve Coll (February 21, 2004). "Legal Disputes Over Hunt Paralyzed Clinton's Aides". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  12. Harleen K Gambhir (2014-08-15). "Dabiq: The Strategic Messaging of the Islamic State". Institute for the Study of War. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-21. "Zarqawi operated in territory distinct from bin Laden, overseeing a training camp in western Afghanistan, near Herat, while bin Laden remained in the east." 
  13. Jean-Charles Brisard, Damien Martinez (2005). Zarqawi: The New Face of Al-Quaeda. Polity (publishers). ISBN 9780745635712. Retrieved 2014-08-21.