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Analysis: Al Qaeda's interim emir and Iran

saif-al-adel.jpgAl Qaeda's interim emir is reportedly Saif al Adel, a longtime member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Al Adel has a decades-long relationship with Iran and was protected by the Iranians after 9/11.


The Gitmo Files: An agent of Iran

Hamdullah.pngA leaked threat assessment prepared at Guantanamo describes one current detainee and his father as "Iranian agents." The detainee, Haji Hamidullah, allegedly "murdered 71 people." The leaked file connects several others to Iran, including two members of Hamid Karzai's government.


The Gitmo Files: 2 of Afghanistan's most wanted hid leadership roles while in US custody

Two of the Taliban's most senior commanders successfully hid their leadership roles from interrogators and analysts at Guantanamo. Both were subsequently transferred to the custody of the Afghan government but were freed and rejoined the Taliban.


The Gitmo Files: Recidivist who targets charity workers deemed 'high risk'

Abdul-Hafiz.jpgAbdul Hafiz, a former Guantanamo detainee who quickly rejoined the Taliban after being transferred, had been deemed a "high risk" by US officials less than two years earlier. His insurgency group had been trained by Pakistani military officers to attack Westerners in Afghanistan and had killed an ICRC worker.


Yemeni government official doubled as al Qaeda operative, leaked assessment shows

Abdul-al-Salam-al-Hilal.jpgAccording to a leaked Gitmo intelligence assessment, Abd al Salam al Hilah was both a member of Yemen's Political Security Organization and al Qaeda. He "probably" had foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks, analysts concluded.


Gitmo docs link Pakistani, Iranian, and Yemeni intelligence agencies to al Qaeda

The Matrix of Threat Indicators for Enemy Combatants document, one of hundreds released by WikiLeaks, described the intelligence agencies of Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen as "associated forces" that support al Qaeda.


Al Qaeda fighter properly detained at Gitmo, court finds

The DC Circuit Court affirmed a district court's decision to deny Guantanamo detainee Yasein Khasem Mohammad Esmail's petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Esmail was trained at a notorious al Qaeda camp, studied at an al Qaeda-run school for martyrs, and fought at Tora Bora.


Ex-Gitmo detainee training Libyan rebels in Derna

A former Guantanamo detainee named Sufyan Ben Qumu is training Derna's rebels. Declassified memos prepared at Gitmo note that Qumu was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group's military committee, trained at Osama bin Laden's camps, worked for al Qaeda front companies, and was a known "extremist" with "no qualms about committing terrorist acts."


DC Circuit Court finds Gitmo detainee was no 'Forrest Gump'

A three-judge DC Circuit Court panel overturned a lower court's ruling that would have granted freedom to Guantanamo detainee Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman.


Afghan peace council reportedly seeks talks with Taliban commanders held at Gitmo

The Afghan High Peace Council, set up by President Hamid Karzai in 2010, reportedly wants to speak with four top Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo. All four allegedly had significant ties to al Qaeda prior to their detention.


Judge finds Gitmo detainee was no 'Gucci jihadist'

In an opinion released on Feb. 18, a DC district judge denied the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo detainee Mashour Abdullah Muqbel al Sabri; the decision contradicts earlier district court rulings in important ways. Al Sabri's career demonstrates that there was extensive overlap between Taliban and al Qaeda operations prior to Sept. 11, 2001.


Deputy emir of al Qaeda training camp agrees to plea deal at Gitmo

An al Qaeda trainer agreed to a plea deal at Gitmo on Tuesday. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The trainer, Noor Uthman Mohammed, was captured alongside top al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah in March 2002 and was allegedly involved in Zubaydah's plot against Israel.


Italian judge orders former Gitmo detainee freed

A former Gitmo detainee convicted of terrorism-related charges was freed from an Italian jail on Monday. Adel Ben Mabrouk, a Tunisian who lived in Italy for much of the 1990s, was a member of a known al Qaeda network in Italy prior to his detention at Guantanamo. Mabrouk was captured after fleeing the Tora Bora Mountains in late 2001.


Tora Bora Military Front commander speaks at funeral of former Gitmo detainee

Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, who had formerly been detained and released by Pakistan, spoke at Awar Gul's funeral in Nangarhar province. An official Taliban statement was read, praising Gul as "the renowned commander." In addition, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the release of a top Taliban official from Guantanamo.


Afghan peace council requests release of Gitmo detainee

The Afghan High Peace Council has requested the release of Khairullah Khairkhwa, a top Taliban official, from Guantanamo. Khairkhwa, who was detained in early 2002, was the governor of Herat province during the Taliban's reign. He was also allegedly involved in drug trafficking, had ties to senior al Qaeda leaders, and admittedly set up security for meetings between the Taliban and Iran.


Former Taliban commander dies at Gitmo

Awal Gul, a former Taliban commander, died of an apparent heart attack at Guantanamo on Tuesday. According to the US military's declassified files, Osama bin Laden allegedly gave Gul $100,000 to help al Qaeda members escape Afghanistan after 9/11.


Italian court convicts former Gitmo detainee of terrorism charges

An Italian court convicted a former Guantanamo detainee named Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri of terrorsm-related charges on Monday. At Gitmo, Nasri was identified as "one of the most dangerous Tunisian operatives," as well as the emir of the Tunisian Combat Group, a known al Qaeda affiliate.


Member of top al Qaeda operative's cell denied habeas petition

An Algerian Guantanamo detainee named Abdel Razak Ali was denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday. Razak was a member of the terrorist cell of top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.


Analysis: Gitmo detainee transferred to Algeria

The Department of Defense announced the transfer of a Guantanamo detainee to Algeria on Thursday. A district judge ruled that he should be freed even though he was recruited by al Qaeda to train and fight in Afghanistan.


Danish newspaper plotter arrested twice before

One of the suspects arrested this week for allegedly plotting an attack against the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed had been arrested twice before. He and his supporters claimed both times that he was merely vacationing.
 
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