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A terrorist training camp is a training camp whose purpose is to teach students methods of terrorism. Terrorists train there to launch attacks, ranging from suicide bombing practice to field combat. They are often located in regions for the aims of those conducting the training, or in traditional areas of extremism, like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia. They also operated in Lebanon and Syria.[1][2][3] Use of parks[4] and wilderness areas[5] is common.

Homegrown terrorists sometimes travel to these camps to receive training, as was the case with some of the London Underground bombers. Mohammad Sidique Khan, the operational leader of the cell, received military and explosives training at a camp in Malakand, Pakistan in July 2003 and later took Shezad Tanweer to Karachi, Pakistan, in late 2004 to February 2005 where they received training at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.[6]


  1. "Terrorist training camps in Lebanon and Syria pose a more urgent threat to the US than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. 4000 Britons trained at terror camps in Afghanistan: Paper The People's Daily
  3. Is Somalia next for 'war on terror'? BBC News
  5. CBS News May 27, 2004: U.S.: Cleric Eyed Ore. Terror Camp
  6. Edward McLeskey, Diana McCord, and Jennifer Leetz, “Underlying Reasons for the Success and Failure of Terrorist Attacks.” (Arlington, VA: Homeland Security Institute, June 2007). Available on-line:, p. 33

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