An Iraqi security source has announced the discovery of an Al-Qaeda training base named "Afghanistan Iraq" in the Al-Anbar province.
The base has human skulls positioned at its entrance.
The source said that Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, commander of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, had been in charge of all operations in this base up until his assassination in June 2006.
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi, London, April 10, 2009
The original Al-Quds Al-Arabi article (in Arabic) can be found here.
The following pieces of information are based on a roughly translated version of the article...
- The base was located about 300 miles west of Ramadi.
- Five people (which trained at the camp) were arrested (believed to be Al-Qaeda members).
- All five people were from the Al-Anbar province and were between the ages of 25 and 35.
- According to confessions, people at the camp were trained from 2005 to the end of 2007 in methods of making and planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs), automatic & light weapon use and mortars.
- According to the police in Al-Anbar province, caves in the hills surrounding the camp were used to manufacture IEDs and warehouse information related to the organization - publications, etc.
- Police also discovered mass graves in the vicinity of the camp. Several of the victims are believed to be local police or security officers.