Surveillance photo of the Derunta training camp after U.S. bombardment.
Daruntah, Kabul, Peshawar, and some cities in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
Derunta training camp (also transliterated as was one of the most well-known of many military Darunta) training camps that have been alleged to have been affiliated with al Qaeda. [1 ]
Training with poisons [ edit ]
CNN published a story in which they claimed to have acquired videotapes showing al Qaeda experiments poisoning dogs with chemical weapons, at Derunta. [2 ]
Location [ edit ]
The camp is reported to have been near
Jalalabad. According to , it was 15 miles from The Guardian Jalalabad, just north of the village of Darūntah across the dam (coordinates: 34° 28' 44" North, 70° 21' 44" East). According to a paper by [3 ] Hekmat Karzai, published by the Pentagon the camp was really a complex of four camps, eight miles from Jalalabad. Karzai wrote that the four camps were: [4 ]
CIA provided intelligence, pinpointing Osama bin Laden's presence, that enabled Northern Alliance allies to bombard him in at the Derunta camp in 1999. [5 ]
The documents from some
Guantanamo captives, such as Abbas Habid Rumi Al Naely, state that the Khalden training camp was also located in Darwanta. [6 ]
Administration [ edit ]
Some sources claim the director of the camp was
Midhat Mursi. [7 ]
Dispute over whether Derunta was an al Qaeda camp [ edit ]
Administrative Review Board Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy acknowledged attending the Derunta camp, but he disputed that it was affiliated with al-Qaeda. [8 ] He asserted that the Derunta camp was a non-al Qaeda camp, that dated back to the [9 ] Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, that it was originally run by the Hezbi Islami, and that after his attendance there the Derunta camp was one of the many non-al Qaeda camps that the Taliban shut down at al Qaeda's request.
Other Guantanamo captives have reported that the similarly well-known
Khalden training camp was not an al-Qaeda camp, and was shut down in 2000, at Osama bin Laden's request.
Alleged attendees [ edit ]
Individuals alleged to have attended the Derunta camp
Attended in 1997 with four other members of
Alleged by DoD officials to have attended in 1998.
[11 ] Leaked files reveal that the DoD had secretly concluded Begg had been an instructor at Derunta.
Menad Benchellali [13 ] Alleged to be a "chemical weapons" specialist
Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi [14 ]
The detainee reportedly received military training on the use of light arms in the Derunta Camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri [15 ] Alleged to have attended both
Khalden and Derunta.
Ahmed Ressam [16 ] The "millennium bomber"; admitted that he trained how to manufacture advanced explosives and make electronic circuits for six weeks at the camp.
[17 ] [18 ]
Hisham Sliti [19 ] Alleged to have attended both the
Khalden training camp and Derunta.
Saed Khatem Al Malki
Administrative Review Board Saed Khatem Al Malki faced the allegations a: [20 ]
The detainee may have been involved in a November 1995 bomb attack on the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. He then escaped to the Shamshad and Deruntah camps in Afghanistan the day of the attack.
The Deruntah training camp has a poisons course that lasts approximately two weeks and teaches students how to poison food and drinks.
Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy
During both his
Combatant Status Review Tribunal and Administrative Review Board Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy faced the allegations: [8 ] [9 ]
Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi
Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi faced the allegation:
"The detainee reportedly received military training on the use of light arms in the Derunta Camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan." [14 ]
Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri
Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri faced the following allegations during his
Administrative Review Board:
The detainee received military training at the Derunta camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan and Khaldan camp near Khowst, Afghanistan.
The detainee received training on light arms while at the camps.
Derunta was one of Usama bin Laden's [ ] sic most important bases in Afghanistan. The camp provided training in the use of explosives and toxic chemical usage. Derunta also contained several secondary bases belonging to Usama bin Laden.
References [ edit ]
^ Elizabeth Van Wie Davis (January 2008). "Uyghur Muslim Ethnic Separatism in Xinjiang, China". Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies . Retrieved 2010-03-21. "A January 2007 Chinese raid on a training camp in Xinjiang killed 18 terrorist suspects and one policeman. Seventeen more suspects were reported captured and explosives were seized. The raid was said to have provided new evidence of ties to “international terrorist forces.” The raid marks the latest clash between Uyghur Muslim separatists and Chinese security services, reflecting a limited challenge to China’s mainland stability. In Beijing’s view, however, instability in Xinjiang could also bring instability to Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan. As with many of these disputes throughout Asia, the root causes of the problem are a complex mix of history, ethnicity, and religion, fueled by poverty, unemployment, social disparities, and political grievances."
^ Disturbing scenes of death show capability with chemical gas, , August 19, 2002 CNN
^ Al-Qaeda's trail of terror, , November 18, 2001 The Guardian
^ Hekmat Karzai. "The return of the black turban: Causes of the Taliban resurgence". Institute Of Defence And Strategic Studies. p. 185 . Retrieved 2010-03-16.
^ Flawed Ally Was Hunt's Best Hope: Afghan Guerrilla, U.S. Shared Enemy, , February 23, 2004 Washington Post
^ Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Abbas Habid Rumi Al Naely's - October 25, 2004 - page 65 Combatant Status Review Tribunal
^ WANTED: Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar - Up to $5 Million Reward. Rewards for Justice
^ a b Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy's - pages 34-42 Combatant Status Review Tribunal
^ a b Factors for and against the continued detention (.pdf) of Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy , May 2, 2005 - page 48 Administrative Review Board
^ Moderately Deadly: Yassin’s long history of terror, , March 26, 2004 National Review
^ Jihadist or Victim: Ex-Detainee Makes a Case, , June 15, 2006 The New York Times
^ Guantánamo Bay files: Profiles of the 10 released British prisoners, Ian Cobain, The Guardian, April 25, 2011
^ An Al Qaeda 'Chemist' and the Quest for Ricin, , May 5, 2004 Middle East Info
^ a b Summary of Evidence (.pdf) prepared for Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi's - October 13, 2004 - page 53 Combatant Status Review Tribunals
^ Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri's - October 21, 2004 page 148 Combatant Status Review Tribunal
^ Al-Qaeda - a meaningless label, , January 12, 2003 The Guardian
^ U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (February 2, 2010). "U.S. v. Ressam" . Retrieved February 27, 2010.
^ "Ressam Testimony in Mokhtar Haouari Trial". Southern District of New York. July 2001 . Retrieved February 27, 2010.
^ a b Summary of Evidence (.pdf) prepared for Hisham Sliti's - November 19, 2004 - page 62 Combatant Status Review Tribunals
^ Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Saed Khatem Al Malki's - page 180 Administrative Review Board hearing
^ Factors for and against the continued detention (.pdf) of Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri , April 27, 2005 - page 5 Administrative Review Board
^ Abuse testimony (.pdf), from Sada Jan's - page 2 Combatant Status Review Tribunal
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