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Revealed: Terrorists training like US marines

By Vicky Nanjappa
February 11, 2008 12:07 IST
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Terrorists across the world are being trained on the lines of US marines and British forces.

This startling revelation came to light when investigating agencies in Karnataka recovered confidential documents belonging to the US army from terrorists, who were recently arrested in the state.

According to sources, it is mandatory for jihadis to carry training manuals belonging to the United States army and study them regularly. Besides, they are even expected to go through the exact training programme like the US and British commandos do.

This programme was introduced for the jihadis after, what they term as, the US and British invasion of Iraq.

Intelligence Bureau officials say terrorists from across the world are being recruited to fight the US and British troops in Iraq. At present, terror outfits feel they are not fit enough to take on the challenge being posed to them by the allied troops. Hence, terror outfits have decided that they would adopt their enemy's skills in order to beat them.

The training programme for terrorists is divided into four parts.

First Stage: Survival

This programme, conducted on American soldiers, was released by the army Department of Army headquarters in Washington DC. Under this programme, divided into 23 chapters, terrorists learn various methods of survival both on land and water.

The training programme gets more intense with terrorists being taught the art of survival in nuclear, biological and chemical environments.

Second Stage: Sniper Training

Terrorists have managed to get a copy of the sniper training programme as prepared, once again, by the Department of Army. Under this programme, terrorist are trained in the use of the sniper rifle, a key aspect of covert attack operations.

Third Stage: Hand-to-Hand Combat

The third part of the training programme is called 'Get tough -- How to win in hand-to-hand fighting', prepared by former marine W E Fairbairn exclusively for the British commandos and the US armed forces.

The method of hand-to-hand fighting described in the document, is the approved
standard instruction for British forces. Units of the US Marine Corps, who were stationed in China between 1927 and 1940, were also trained in these methods.

Fourth Stage: Physical Fitness

This programme was prepared by the Department of Army headquarters. The programme deals with various aspects of fitness during a combat.

Terrorists across the world hope to overcome the allied troops stationed in Iraq, as the battle is mainly on land over there. At present, there are around 8,000 terrorists undergoing this training in various parts of the world, including India.
Terrorists, to a large extent, use the forest cover in India to undergo this training.

Apart from the training manuals the CD, which was recovered from terrorists in Karnataka, also contains a speech by Dr Al Tamimi, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for propagating war against the US. The CD also has recitations from the Koran.

The Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which has introduced this method of training for its jihadis, pays the leader of each outfit up to Rs 15 lakh for the training programme. The leader of each camp has to study and understand the programme. He then has to prepare pictures and text in the language comfortable to them and impart training.

Each training camp comprises at least 20 members and the programme lasts for about six months before they are sent on missions.

The IB says that with terror outfits aping them, the army has to frequently change its techniques. The new mantra among terrorists is to do exactly what the enemy does -- beat them at their own game is what they term it as.

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