Skip to comments.Al-Qaeda camps 'trained 70,000' (taught it's their duty to kill Americans)
Posted on 01/04/2005 8:31:17 PM PST by FairOpinion
Some 70,000 people received weapons training and religious instruction in al-Qaeda camps, German police says. The claim came at the retrial of Mounir al-Motassadek, a Moroccan man accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, which were partly planned in Germany.
A German police officer told the court recruits at the camps were taught they had a duty to kill US citizens.
Mr Motassadek says he received training in Afghanistan and knew some of the 9/11 hijackers - but not of their plot.
Although initially convicted of involvement in the attacks, he is now facing a retrial.
The case against him collapsed last year when a judge ruled that US authorities' refusal to allow lawyers access to a key witness in their custody had prejudiced proceedings.
Giving evidence at the retrial, an officer from the German police body that co-ordinates the fight against terrorism said new al-Qaeda recruits were be stripped of their passports and taken to safe houses.
They also received a new name before being taken to al-Qaeda camps, most of which were located in Afghanistan.
An estimated 3,000 people died when al-Qaeda militants hijacked US passenger airliners and ploughed them into targets in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.
Several key hijackers had lived in the German city of Hamburg and were referred to by investigators as the "Hamburg cell".
Al-Qaeda's training facilities in Afghanistan are believed to have largely been destroyed by a US-led invasion in late 2001.
Good article. This is the kind of information that was widely distributed in the months following 9/11, but it's something that needs to be widely distributed constantly. People need to be reminded of who and what and HOW MANY we're fighting.
At the risk (certainty, actually) of being flamed, doesn't it strike you as a remarkably lazy group of people compared to the sum total that have actually committed attacks? I mean, the response will be "they're all sleepers" but...are they going to "sleep" till they're in nursing homes and can blow up the colostomy bags of their roommates or something?
They must be sent to Allah.
I think we've seen a lot of them (hundreds) killed (and doing some killing) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zarqawi, for instance, was trained by Al-Qaeda. I would expect many of those responsible for other attacks around the world were trained by Al-Qaeda. What about Palestinians - how many of their suicide bombers or leaders spent time in an Al Qaeda training camp? How many of the recruiters and money people spent time in training camps but didn't (and won't) actually become involved in an attack? The 70,000 seems reasonable to me.
Yeah but the BBC and Reuters call them militants on 9-11...they were murdering terrorists.
Wouldn't be an issue if PC wasn't in the way.
Think about HOW MANY would suddenly "cross-over" to moderate and roll over on the extremist if the better half of this country suddenly took up arms and went to town.
Think about the message that would be sent to the world? (Screw with the U.S., and a gun will surface from behind every blade of grass).
Are innocent gonna get killed? Yup. 3000+ already have been.
How long should we wait until another 3000+ are murdered?
Play by "our" rules, or go home. Your choice.
Backlash, it's what's for breakfast when dawn comes.
WE THE PEOPLE posess over 200 million guns. And that's just the private citizenry.
So they have 70,000 armed scumbags? One open-hunting season will see them all bagged.
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