They're near completion of (or may have already completed) a year-long al-Qaeda training course in which they've received religious and ideological indoctrination, as well as training in explosives, suicide bombing and other tools of the jihadis' trade. But their mission is not to become suicide bombers themselves:
They learned how to make and use suicide-bomb vests, how to rig car bombs, how to motivate other men to sacrifice their lives for the jihad and how to maintain communications with Al Qaeda on the Afghan-Pakistani frontier. They're not meant to be suicide bombers themselves, [the Ghazni province's chief al-Qaeda liason for the Taliban Omar] Farooqi says; they are far too valuable to waste.Infidels, meet the newest sleeper cell organizers. Al-Qaeda does indeed seem to be alive and well.