The camp is very near the Kandahar airport.
The Al-Qaeda camp is alleged to have offered training constructing bombs, using poisons, urban warfare, and assassination. American counter-terrorism analysts assert that their sources claim all the camp's trainees had to attend Al Qaeda's Al Farouq camp first. American counter-terrorism analysts assert that their sources claim that all trainees have to be prepared to serve as suicide bombers.
After the United States forces took over the airport they used the ruins for their own training exercises.
9-11 hijackers believed to have trained at Tarnak Farms
|Mohamed Atta||Recorded his will at Tarnak Farms.|
|Ziad Jarrah||Recorded his will at Tarnak Farms.|
Suspects believed to have trained at Tarnak Farms
|578||Abdul Aziz Adbullah Ali Al Suadi|
|2||David Matthew Hicks||
|27||Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman|
|535||Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah|
|63||Mohammed al Qahtani||
|258||Nayif Abdallah Ibrahim Ibrahim||
|223||Abdul Rahman Abdul Abu Ghityh Sulayman||
|74||Mesh Arsad al Rashid||
The "factors favoring release or transfer" on his first and third annual reviews reported that he had denied knowing anything about Tarnak Farms.
|757||Ahamed Abdel Aziz||
|235||Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh||
Home to bin Laden
It was widely reported that a visit to the Tarnak Farms in 2000 represented a rare opportunity to kill Osama Bin Laden. It was reported that Tarnak Farms was one of bin Laden's homes, but President Clinton was shown drone footage that reportedly showed a child's swingset at the camp and was "haunted" at the prospect of bombing innocent families.
In December 2001 American forces occupied the site. They claim they found a wealth of intelligence. The camp was taken over by the Americans to be used for their training.
April 17, 2002 friendly fire incident
On April 17, 2002, four Canadian soldiers of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry were killed at this site while conducting a night time live-fire training exercise. Two passing American F-16s piloted by U.S. Air National Guard Majors Harry Schmidt and William Umbach had mistaken the machine gun and anti-tank weapons flashes of the exercise for enemy fire and dropped a 227-kilogram (500 lb) Mark 82 laser-guided bomb on the Canadian position, despite orders to await confirmation.
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- Mayer, Jane, "The Dark Side", 2008.