An American man who fled to Afghanistan to join al Qaeda says the terrorist life was "extremely boring."

Bryant Neal Vinas grew up on Long Island but fled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan in 2007

Bryant Neal Vinas grew up on Long Island but fled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan in 2007

Bryant Neal Vinas grew up on Long Island but fled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan in 2007

A local terrorist who fled the United States to join al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2007 has for the first time told how "boring" his life as a terrorist was and why it did not match his fantasies about jihad.

Bryant Neal Vinas grew up on Long Island but fled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with the West. He spent a year trying to become a jihadist, but he did not complete a single successful mission before being captured in Pakistan in 2008.

After being caught, he turned to his terrorist "brothers" to act as an informant for US authorities. In 2017, he was released from federal prison and now lives as a free man in New York City, without government protection.

In an article for The American Military Acadamemy's monthly publication, The Sentinel, published on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, describes his time as an al Qaeda soldier.

The hope of the military is that their bleak description of how unpopular it was will dissuade other young Americans from what they did.

Instead of fighting soldiers of American or allied forces in bloody battles, he spent most of his time doing nothing & # 39; The most exciting months he spent in the Middle East were in a training camp where he was only allowed to fire weapons.

Only participated in a mission and had to amputate one of the toes due to a fungal infection that developed under putrid conditions.

"We lived in adobe houses, and the food was bad, mainly rice, potato stew or okra stew … There are days when absolutely nothing is done.

Far from celebrating him as a man who had attacked his country, the bosses he responded to repeatedly rejected him when he offered to participate in suicide missions and told him that the only way to progress was to pay for expensive weapons courses that he could not give me. that luxury

"We lived in adobe houses, and the food was bad, mainly rice, potato stew or okra stew." The rich Arabs had money to buy goats, sheep and chickens, but that was almost as exotic as it could be.

& # 39; There are days when you do absolutely nothing. There is a common frustration among many AQ kids about the amount of inactivity.

"There were few operations in which to participate, and even those were not very good so the body was not in combat conditions for the" mountain fight "when a combat mission appeared," he said.

Vinas went to Pakistan in 2007 with the help of some friends who did not know what he was planning. It was from there that he ventured into Afghanistan and began trying to infiltrate terrorist groups.

He described a mission in which he participated not for Al Qaeda, but for Shab Shab, a Sunni group, where he said: "Going on a mission had been a great relief for terrible boredom, but in the end, I was disappointed that the operation did not take place. success & # 39;

He was so bored that it was a relief when he was asked to carry out a suicide mission for the Sunni group because it meant he would not face the altitude sickness he had been subjected to in combat missions.

A video captured shows the members of Al-Qaeda in a video published by Osama Bin Laden. Vinas only participated in two missions: they had to abort one and the other was unsuccessful.

A video captured shows the members of Al-Qaeda in a video published by Osama Bin Laden. Vinas only participated in two missions: they had to abort one and the other was unsuccessful.

A video captured shows the members of Al-Qaeda in a video published by Osama Bin Laden. Vinas only participated in two missions: they had to abort one and the other was unsuccessful.

"I was having a difficult time with altitude, I was getting very sick, so I felt it would be easier to do a martyrdom operation, and then you will be considered a martyr, that is the highest and most honorable death in jihad.

But he was disappointed, he said, when he was given a & # 39; false reason & # 39; for not having been authorized to carry it out.

In December 2007, after three months in Afghanistan without having participated in a single mission, the smaller foot of one of its legs had to be amputated due to a fungal infection.

When he finally could join Al Qaeda, in 2008 he was allowed to use weapons but not anyone.

In March 2008, he was finally taken to the fold of the terror regime and sent to the training camp. It was a simple process that involved signing forms and delivering your passport.

"I never had to go through any kind of ritual or test to prove myself to get into AQ You need someone to answer for you, and the word of Haji Sabr, a Tunisian major, was enough reference for me," he wrote.

"Maybe if you wanted to go up in rank, that vote of loyalty might be necessary, but for me, who was happy to be a regular fighter, it was not necessary."

His training included three compulsory courses; basic training, explosive theory and projectile weapons theory.

"Between the boredom, the cold and the end of the fight season, it made sense to go and try to find a wife.

The training was like a normal training camp, but it had to be done inside, in mud houses, to prevent the terrorists from being seen by unmanned aircraft.

A normal day began with morning prayers, Qur'anic recital, morning exercise, breakfast, morning classes, early evening prayers, lunch, afternoon classes, rest, kitchen service, sunset prayer, dinner, evening prayer and lights shut down unless in night security surveillance.

But during its course of explosives, none of the students was allowed to build a bomb.

And they could only fire the weapons, without a specific objective, they had been taught to drive and clean at the end of their course.

The basic courses, he said, offered nothing in terms of new information and the most advanced and attractive courses were reserved for those who could afford them.

After completing his mandatory training, he did nothing but sit down, he said, and talk about his old lives and home.

& # 39; If you were with someone who spoke English, then I would talk to them. Due to the lack of something productive to do, we would talk a lot about our lives before arriving in Waziristan.

& # 39; In addition to talking about our personal lives, the day was composed of praying, eating, cooking, sleeping: that's what we would do.

More members of Al Qaeda are shown in a promotional video of 2001. The terrorist organization was far from what Vinas expected and he never participated in any fight

More members of Al Qaeda are shown in a promotional video of 2001. The terrorist organization was far from what Vinas expected and he never participated in any fight

More members of Al Qaeda are shown in a promotional video of 2001. The terrorist organization was far from what Vinas expected and he never participated in any fight

"Sometimes, we receive the BBC radio signal and I remember hearing Usain Bolt's race at the Beijing Olympic Games, news about the 2008 Obama-McCain election campaigns and updates on the surprising victory of the World Series of Philis of Philadelphia.

He did not see his first mission until September 2008, a year after fleeing the US. UU It involved the launching of four rockets at the Tillman United States Advanced Operating Base, but they were not successful.

& # 39; In addition to talking about our personal lives, the day was composed of praying, eating, cooking, sleeping

In 2008, he planned an attack on the LIRR. It was nothing more than a "campfire plot," he said, which he discussed with a senior Al Qaeda official.

Vinas was arrested not long after in Peshwar, where she had returned to find a wife out of boredom.

"Between the boredom, the cold and the end of the fight season, it made sense to go and try to find a wife.

"And I had a friend living in Peshawar, and I asked him if he could spend the winter there, and also to ask if he could help me find a wife," he said.

He was captured then, when he realized how severe the charges against him were, and decided that he would cooperate with the US government. UU

It was delivered to the US authorities. UU And he acted as an informant, but was released from prison last year and returns to live on the east coast.

Earlier this year, he earned a sympathetic ear from The New York Times, to whom he complained that the government had not given him witness protection.

He now survives with food stamps and is on Medicaid.

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