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Friday, February 16, 2007

Jihad Academy For Somalis In Eritrea

I've posted still images of al Qaeda training camps in Eritrea from about 1994. These camps were used to train jihadists from Somalia, a period now highly relevant in light of the recent Islamist activity in that country.

Jamal Al-Fadl, a founding member of al Qaeda turned U.S. government informant, shot several videos of jihadi training camps in Eritrea, according to court testimony, so he may be the cameraman for these shots.

If you have any direct information about these images, please feel free to drop me a line.

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Below, a Somali jihadist trains with rocket-propelled grenades. It's believed that the "Black Hawk Down" attack was performed by Somali tribesmen trained by al Qaeda in this type of setting using just this type of weapon.

RPG similar to that used in Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia


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