TORNAK FARMS, Afghanistan (AP) An issue of Aviation Week magazine bearing the mailing address of an Ann Arbor business was found yesterday among items strewn about an abandoned training camp of Osama bin Laden”s terrorist network.
The magazine, a chemistry text and a copy of Chemical Weekly were were picked up in the ruins of this camp 12 miles south of Kandahar as a group of journalists joined American and British special forces troops inspecting the desert camp, abandoned after heavy U.S. airstrikes.
The camp was clearly an important part of bin Laden”s worldwide terror network. One of the Americans, who would not give his name, said an al-Qaida training video was filmed at the camp, which even had a swimming pool.
Camp buildings were destroyed, except for an area where an obstacle course had been constructed. Poles topped with barbed wire used for recruits to crawl under were intact. A damaged tractor sat in the compound.
The main courtyard, gutted by a large bomb crater, was littered with papers, all of them photo copies. They included copies of Aviation Week, addressed to Ann Arbor, and Chemical Weekly, addressed to the Kansas City, Mo., public library.
Other materials included literature on the political situation in the Persian Gulf, Iran, Latin America and Mexico. One article detailed U.S. exports to Brazil.
Remains of a chemistry text Chemistry and Technology of Explosives were strewn on the ground.
Inside the compound, there were chemical suits and chemical containers with what appeared to be oxidizing agents and hydrogen peroxide. The troops warned reporters to be careful as they strolled through the chemical storage building.