JDQ training camp

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Counter-terrorism analysts, and the United Nations, assert that the Jamaat al Dawa al Quran maintained JDQ training camps, or built its bases on former Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps.[1][2]

According to American counter-terrorism analysts, some Guantanamo captives' continued detention was justified by staying at, or other association with, a JDQ training camp.

According to a broadcast from the Australian newsmagazine Dateline the JDQ is nominally a charity, but was founded by the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.[1] The broadcast stated that, following LeT being proscribed by the United Nations, its militant activity was moved to JDQ. Australian journalists who visited the JDQ's headquarters in 2009 wrote that the headquarters was built on a former LeT training camp.

Allegations used to justify the continued detention of Amir Yakoub Mohammed Al Amir Mahmoud stated he attended, and lived near, a JDQ training camp.[2] The training camp he was alleged to have attended was outside of Assad-Abad, where he trained on "AK-47s, M16s, RPGs, 82-mm mortar and an old piece of Soviet artillery." He was alleged to have lived at the camp for a year, following the Soviets' defeat during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, where he "worked with Abu Ekhlas Al-Masri."


  1. ^ a b Evan Williams (2009). "The Terror Trail". Dateline. Retrieved 2010-06-12. Once this was a military training camp for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba but now it is the headquarters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The base looked more like a military compound than a charity office. 
  2. ^ a b OARDEC (29 June 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Yakoub Mohammed" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 49–51. Retrieved 2008-05-02. The detainee trained at a JDQ training camp outside of Assad-Abad, Afghanistan, on the use of AK-47s, M16s, RPGs, 82-mm mortar and an old piece of Soviet artillery.