Tarnak Farms

Tarnak Farms refers to a former Afghan training camp near Kandahar, which served as a base to Osama bin Laden and his followers from 1998 to 2001.

Tarnak Farms still in ruins in 2005.

9-11 hijackers believed to have trained at Tarnak FarmsEdit

Mohamed Atta Recorded his will at Tarnak Farms.[1]
Ziad Jarrah Recorded his will at Tarnak Farms.[1]

Home to bin LadenEdit

In 1998, bin Laden moved his followers from Nazim Jihad to Tarnak Farms following Northern Alliance threats to attack Jalalabad.

Video of Tarnak Farms in 2000 made by the Central Intelligence Agency appeared to show bin Laden at the location.[2][3][4] The administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton considered seizing bin Laden at Tarnak Farm, but the mission was never carried out due to concerns about killing innocent women and children, as well as legal disagreements within the administration.[5][6]

The Tarnak Farms facility housed an al Qaida poison and explosive training laboratory and an advanced operational training camp. Operatives of al Qaida received advanced operational training at the facility, including urban assault.[7]

Tarnak Farm incidentEdit

On April 17, 2002, a friendly fire incident occurred when four Canadian soldiers of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry were killed at Tarnak Farms while conducting a live-fire training exercise. While flying an F-16, American pilot Harry Schmidt dropped a 227-kilogram laser-guided bomb on the Canadian position.[8]

The bomb killed Canadian Forces Sgt Marc Leger, Cpl Ainsworth Dyer, Pte Richard Green and Pte Nathan Lloyd Smith and wounded eight CF soldiers.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ". The Times Online. 2006-10-01. Archived from the original on 2006-12-27.
  2. ^ Sage, Mark (March 18, 2004). "CIA missed chance to capture bin Laden in 2000". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
  3. ^ "Missed opportunities: The CIA had pictures. Why wasn't the al-Qaida leader captured or killed?". NBC News. March 17, 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
  4. ^ "Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ". The Times. October 1, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Mayer, Jane, "The Dark Side", 2008.
  6. ^ Ensor, David (March 17, 2004). "Drone may have spotted bin Laden in 2000 - Mar 17, 2004". www.cnn.com. Time Warner. Retrieved September 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ OARDEC (2008-01-17). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Qahtani, Maad" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 34–37. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  8. ^ Ormsby, Mary (10 November 2012). "Three Tarnak Farm survivors remember 2002 friendly fire incident". Toronto Star. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  9. ^ Yaniszewski, Mark (2007). "Reporting on Fratricide: Canadian Newspapers and the Incident at Tarnak Farm, Afghanistan". International Journal. Sage Publications Ltd. 62 (2): 362–380. doi:10.1177/002070200706200210. JSTOR 40204274. S2CID 141837377.

Coordinates: 31°27′18″N 65°49′26″E / 31.455°N 65.824°E / 31.455; 65.824