Ex-Guantanamo detainee becomes No. 2 for al-Qaeda in Yemen


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Feb 8, 2007
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Gee, I wonder if any one will actually take this seriously for what it's worth. The dude should have never been released... :rolleyes:

Ex-Guantanamo detainee becomes No. 2 for al-Qaeda in Yemen

Last Updated: Friday, January 23, 2009 | 12:08 PM ET Comments1Recommend6

CBC News

A Saudi man who was detained at the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years has now become the second-in-command for al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, according to an online statement allegedly by the group.
The statement, which appeared on a website commonly used by militants purportedly from al-Qaeda, says Said al-Shihri has joined the branch known as "al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" and is now the group's No. 2.
Al-Shihri, 35, ended up in U.S. custody after he was hospitalized for more than a month for injuries suffered during an air strike in December 2001. He was one of the first detainees sent to the controversial detention centre set up by the George W. Bush administration in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
The detainee was released from the detention centre in November 2007 and transferred to Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. Department of Defence documents. After that, he apparently travelled to Yemen.
"He managed to leave the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia) and join his brothers in al-Qaeda," the statement said.
The Associated Press said Saudi authorities didn't immediately comment on the website statement.
An unnamed Yemeni counterterrorism official was cited by the Associated Press as saying Saudi Arabia had asked Yemen to return a number of wanted Saudi suspects who fled the kingdom last year for Yemen. A man with the same name was among those wanted, the official said.
Guantanamo military tribunal documents allege al-Shihri was an al-Qaeda travel facilitator and trained in urban warfare at Libyan Camp, located north of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul.
He allegedly guided extremists on how to enter Afghanistan and provided money to other fighters, the documents say. In the past, Al-Shihri has denied any links to terrorism.

And maybe the new POTUS should have used that bit of INTEL before he signed the closure order...
Maybe they'll be better off in an prison in the country of their origin. ;) I hear the prisons in Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi, Algeria, Syria and the list goes on; are really nice and the guards take really good care of their prisoners. :D
Ya gotta love that "Soft Power". Let's give up some love to our AQ brothers...Kumbaya, baby...Some day we'll learn that nothing works better on terrorists than two in the face.