Report: Islamic militants ran 7 recruitment camps in France (JERUSALEM POST) By ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS, FRANCE 12/10/03)
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Islamic radicals held training camps for potential recruits across
France through 2002, Le Parisien newspaper reported Wednesday, adding
that French investigators believe they have successfully dismantled
the network running the camps.
Recruits were sent to seven sites - including one in the Normandy
city of Dieppe, one in the southeastern Alps, and a site in the
Fontainebleau forest outside Paris - for rugged, outdoor exercises
and religious and political indoctrination, the daily said.
The purpose of the sites was to take untested candidates and
determine whether they were fit for jihad in battle zones like
Afghanistan and Chechnya, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed
Most recruits came from Paris-region mosques where religious leaders
preached a hardline brand of Islam, the newspaper said.
The newspaper said that investigators from the DST, France´s
counterintelligence agency, believe that France has dismantled the
network that ran the training camps.
Le Parisien, without citing sources, said the sites were organized by
a group of radical Islamic militants now under investigation in
connection with the death of an anti-Taliban military commander in
Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Massoud.
The Afghan opposition leader was slain on Sept. 9, 2001 in northern
Afghanistan, two days before the terror attacks in the United States,
by two men posing as journalists.
Willie Virgile Brigitte, a French man extradited from Australia on
Oct. 17, is suspected of running false passports to Massood´s
Brigitte, 35, had organized survival training lessons in the
Fontainebleau forest outside Paris, according to French judicial
officials. Brigitte, originally from the French Caribbean island of
Guadeloupe, had spent months in al-Qaida training camps in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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