Ex-Gitmo detainee criticizes Saudis in latest edition of Inspire


Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish, al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula’s mufti.

The fifth and latest edition of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine contains an article written by Ibrahim Rubaish, a former Guantanamo detainee, who criticizes the Saudi government.

Rubaish was transferred from Guantanamo to his native Saudi Arabia in December 2006, and then enrolled in Saudi Arabia’s jihadist rehabilitation program. He later fled to Yemen along with other former Guantanamo detainees and became AQAP’s Mufti, providing the theological justifications for AQAP’s terrorism. In that role, Rubaish has repeatedly argued that Muslims need not wait for approval from the Saudi government when waging jihad. [See LWJ report, Former Guantanamo detainee now al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula’s Mufti.]

In his article (“Al-Saud: Lodging A Criminal”), which was previously published by AQAP’s Al Malahem Media, Rubaish criticizes the Saudis for taking in former Tunisian President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali after he fled his north African country earlier this year. Rubaish praises Ben Ali’s demise, but warns that Tunisia will not become a truly Islamic country unless sharia law is implemented.

“I was truly pleased that Allah removed an evil which afflicted our brothers for many decades,” Rubaish writes. “But I don’t think that this will help the situation of the Muslims because oppression won’t disappear and a t

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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