Khalden training camp
The Khalden training camp (also transliterated as khaldan) was one of the hundreds of al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. They were established and run by members of al-Qaeda during the Taliban rule (1996–2001). Having attended one of these camps has triggered suspicion on many of the detainees in the War on Terror. The Khalden training camp was led by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, who was captured in late 2001.
Ahmed Ressam, the Millennium Bomber, said he attended the camp using the alias "Nabil", beginning in April 1998 for five to six months. He said Khalden Camp then generally hosted 50–100 trainees at any time, and he trained there in light weapons, handguns, small machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs), explosives (including TNT, C4 plastic explosives, and black plastic explosives), poisons (including cyanide), poison gas, sabotage, target selection, urban warfare, tactics (including assassinations), and security. Trainees were from Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, and France. During the time he was there, he met Zacarias Moussaoui.
During the early years of the War in Afghanistan, the Bush administration described the Khalden Camp as an al-Qaeda training facility, an assertion used as evidence of an alleged connection to al-Qaeda for Abu Zubaydah and more than 50 other men held as enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Since 2006, however, this allegation has been contested by the 9/11 Commission Report, Brynjar Lia, head of the international terrorism and global jihadism at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; and unclassified records from the detainees' tribunal reviews (CSRT)s at Guantanamo.
Zubaydah testified in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) that the Khalden Camp was at such odds with al-Qaeda and bin Laden that it was closed by the Taliban in 2001, at al-Qaeda's request. This account was corroborated by two other detainees, Noor Uthman Muhammed, alleged by the U.S. Government to have been the emir, or leader, of the Khalden Camp; and Khalid Sulayman Jaydh Al Hubayshi, a close friend of Zubaydah. In addition, Muhamed's charge sheet refers to the closing of the Khalden camp at the request of terrorist leaders.
Brynjar Lia wrote in his 2008 book that an ideological conflict, between the leaders of the Khalden Camp and the Taliban and al-Qaeda, led to the closing of the Khalden Camp. Zubaydah, Khalid Sulayman Jaydh Al Hubayshi, and Noor Uthman Muhammed confirmed this divide in their CSRT testimony. Of the 57 detainees the U.S. Government claims are associated with the Khalden Camp, 27 have been released, including Zubaydah's friend Al Hubayshi.
Individuals alleged to have attended the Khalden training camp
|Gouled Hassan Dourad||
|Mohamed Rashid al-Owhali||
|Rafiq Bin Bashir Bin Jalud Al Hami|
|Mohammed Abd Al Al Qadir||
|Khalid Sulaymanjaydh Al Habayshi||
|Noor Uthman Muhammaed||
|Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri|
|Abdullah Ali Al Utaybi|
|Ridah Bin Saleh Al Yazidi||
|Ahmed Hassan Jamil Suleyman||
|Riyad Bil Mohammed Tahir Nasseri|
|Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy||
|Umar Abdullah Al Kunduzi|
|Idris Ahmed Abdu Qader Idris|
|Abdul Rahman Mohamed Saleh Naser|
|Lufti Bin Ali||
|Faiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari||
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