Friday, April 10, 2009

Iraq: Al-Qaeda 'Afghanistan Iraq' Base Discovered

Via MEMRI Blog -

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.

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