Jihadist Training Camps Expand Across Syria and Iraq

Jihadist Training Camps Expand Across Syria and Iraq

An investigation finds jihadist organisations are operating at least 46 training camps across Iraq and Syria

Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in Syria are operating at least 46 military training camps, designed to indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found.

The development comes as Theresa May, the home secretary, has warned that the expansion of jihadist movements in Iraq and in Syria means the likelihood of terror attacks in Britain is higher now than at any point in the country’s history.

“When the security and intelligence agencies tell us that the threat we face is now more dangerous than at any time before or since 9/11 we should take notice,” she said.

A report from the Long War Journal has identified dozens of training camps belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria), and several other smaller hardline units.

Compiling video footage, messages posted by jihadists on social media and US military press releases, the Journal has determined the location of 34 camps in Syria and 12 in Iraq.

A map shows the locations of the identified camps.

Jihad Training Camps

The Islamic State has operated 25 camps: 14 in Syria and 11 in Iraq. Al Qaeda’s Al Nusrah Front has nine camps in Syria. Various allied jihadist groups, including Ansar al Islam, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and Junud al Sham, have operated 12 camps (11 in Syria and one in Iraq).

It is not known if all those camps are operational, but it is likely that, given the usually secret nature of these facilities, there are others that have not been publicised.

The proliferation of these camps is of concern to Western intelligence agencies, who fear that the training facilities are also being used to identify potential recruits for carrying out attacks in America and Europe.

Read More At:  The Telegraph

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