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Veteran operatives attend Mes Aynak training

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other Organization9-11 plotters
LocationMes Aynak Training Camp, Kabul, Afghanistan
Time Fall 19991
ParticipantsSaif al-Adel (Trainer) 1, Salah al Din (Trainer) 1, Khalid al-Mihdhar (Trainee) 1, Nawaf al-Hazmi (Trainee) 1, Ibrahim al-Thawar (Trainee) 1, Abu Bara al-Yemeni (Trainee) 1, Tawfiq bin Attash (Trainee) 1
ParticipantsNasser al Bahri (Trainee) 2, Abderraouf Jdey (Trainee) 2
Narrative and Notes
ReliableDuring mid-1999, when Mes Aynak was the al-Qaeda's only functional training camp, several operatives were selected for an elite training course, including those who would ultimately take part in both the USS Cole bombing and 9-11.

The training included physical fitness, firearms, close-quarters combat, shooting from a motorcycle and night operations.1
PossibleKhalid al-Mihdhar may not have completed the course, either pulling out because it was too rigorous, or on bin Laden's orders. Nawaf al-Hazmi may have also left early on bin Laden's orders.
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.2.
2The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
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