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Terror training camps smaller, harder to target

WASHINGTON (AP) - Counterterrorism officials and analysts say al-Qaida training camps are growing smaller and more mobile -- and therefore more difficult to detect.

They also say the network is relying more heavily on local insurgent groups along the Pakistan border to house the camps as al-Qaida trainers are taking their instruction on the road.

Officials and analysts say the days when al-Qaida leaders filled sprawling open-air training camps inside Afghanistan are over, making it more difficult for U.S. intelligence forces to target them as they stepped up drone attacks over the past year.

Georgetown University counterterrorism expert Bruce Hoffman says, "All you need is a shack or a house to learn how to fabricate explosives using homemade or commercially available ingredients."

Hoffman adds that in these harder-to-find camps, "they're not training insurgents, they're training terrorists for deployment to the West."


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