Analysis: Two ex-Gitmo detainees featured in al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine

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Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi, from the second edition of Inspire, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s propaganda magazine, which was obtained by The Long War Journal.

The newly released issue of Inspire, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) quarterly online magazine, features two former Guantanamo detainees. The first is Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi, who is the military commander of AQAP. Al Ghamdi also appeared in an AQAP tape released in May. [See LWJ report, Former Gitmo detainee featured as commander in al Qaeda tape.]

The second former Gitmo detainee featured is Said al Shihri, who is listed as the “vice emir,” or roughly number two leader, of AQAP. Al Shihri has appeared in several communiqu

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal.

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