Khalden training camp


Khalden training camp

The Khalden training camp "(also transliterated as khaldan)" was a military training camp in Afghanistan. According to the documentary "Son of al Qaeda" there were hundreds of military training camps in Afghanistan which were tied to al Qaeda. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/khadr/ Son of Al Qaeda] , "Frontline (PBS)"] Having attended one of these camps has triggered suspicion on many of the detainees in the War on Terror.

The Khalden training camp was lead by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, who was captured in late 2001.

In the allegations presented to Mohammed Abd Al Al Qadir's Administrative Review Board American officials asserted that: "Khalden Camp's basic military training program was an accelerated version of that given at al Faruq. [http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt/ARB_Factors_Set_1_944-1045.pdf Factors for and against the continued detention (.pdf)] of Mohammed Abd Al Al Qadir "Administrative Review Board" - page 18] "

Abu Zubaydah's description of Khalden

On March 27 2007 Abu Zubaydah offered a long description of the history of the Khalden camp, which was read into the record:cite web
url=http://www.defenselink.mil/news/transcript_ISN10016.pdf
title=verbatim transcript of the unclassified session of the Combatant Status Review Tribunal of ISN 10016 (Abu Zubaydah)
date=March 27 2007
publisher=Department of Defense
author=OARDEC
accessdate=April 16
accessyear=2007
]
* According to Abu Zubaydah, the Khalden camp dated back to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
* According to Abu Zubaydah, the Khalden camp was not affiliated with al Qaeda, and only provided training in "defensive jihad", how to resist invaders. It provided training only in how to defend against legitimate military targets. It did not provide training in attacking civilians.
* Abu Zubaydah offered four examples of "defensive jihad" battlegrounds, where Muslim lands were under invasion or occupation by non-Muslims:
**The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
**The Serbian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
**The Russian occupation of Chechnya
**The Israeli occupation of Palestine.
* Abu Zubaydah said the role he played, from 1994 to 2000 was to run guest houses in Peshawar and Islamabad, where potential trainees were housed. Potential trainees room and board was covered, until he formed an assessment as to whether they should be forwarded to the camp for training. He said he did not send fanatics -- "takfiri" to the camp.
* Abu Zubaydah asserted that he never actually traveled to the camp himself.

Individuals alleged to have attended the Khalden training camp

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