Skip to comments.TWO GITMO DETAINEES TRANSFERRED TO ALGERIA, CAPE VERDE
Posted on 07/21/2010 2:29:26 AM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: "The Department of Defense announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees today. Abdul Aziz Naji, a native of Algeria, was repatriated to his home country. Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani, a Syrian, was resettled in Cape Verde, an island republic approximately 300 miles off the west coast of Africa."
SNIPPET: "US military officials at Gitmo alleged that Abdul Aziz Naji (whose internment serial number at Gitmo was 744) was a member of Laskar-e-Taiba (LET), a Pakistani-based terrorist organization closely linked to al Qaeda.
A senior intelligence official contacted by the Long War Journal explained that not only was Naji a member of the LET, but he was also the instructor for an improvised explosive device (IED) cell and trained al Qaeda members to build explosives."
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/07/two_gitmo_detainees.php#ixzz0uJ5aW75Z
(Excerpt) Read more at longwarjournal.org ...
NOTE The following text is a quote:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 628-10
July 19, 2010
Detainee Transfer Announced
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of two detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Governments of Algeria and Cape Verde.
As directed by the Presidents January 22, 2009 executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, the detainees were approved for transfer by unanimous consent among all the agencies involved in the task force. In accordance with Congressionally mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals at least 15 days before their transfer.
Abdul Aziz Naji was repatriated to his native Algeria, and Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani was resettled in Cape Verde. The United States is grateful to the governments of Algeria and Cape Verde for their willingness to support U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the governments of Algeria and Cape Verde to ensure the transfers took place under appropriate security measures.
Since 2002, more than 600 detainees have departed Guantanamo Bay for other destinations, including Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Georgia, France, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Palau, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen.
Today, 178 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
ON THE INTERNET:
Cape Verde is almost the equivalent of sending him to the Caribbean.
From wikipedia,”Cape Verde is classified as a developing country since 2007. About 20% of the population lives below the poverty threshold. Having scarce natural resources, it was in the past an important location in the maritime commercial routes through the Atlantic (between Europe, Africa and America), but currently its economy is mostly service-oriented, with a growing focus on tourism, which benefits from the islands’ warm climate throughout the year.”
SNIPPET from the link at post no. 1:
In declassified memos prepared at Gitmo, US military officials alleged that Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani (whose internment serial number at Gitmo was 307) was an experienced jihadist who fought in the same group in Tora Bora, Afghanistan as his son, who was also detained at Gitmo.
Abd-al-Nisr is a veteran of the Syrian army who first arrived in Afghanistan in 1999. The declassified Gitmo files note that Abd-al-Nisr was identified by a foreign government service as receiving several military courses at al Qaida camps and was reported to be experienced in handling explosives. A foreign government service also identified Abd-al-Nisr as a radical terrorist who fights with the forces of Osama bin Laden.
In 2001, Abd-al-Nisrs family joined him in Afghanistan, where he allegedly owned a house next door to a known al Qaeda/Taliban guest house and worked in the guest house. Abd-al-Nisrs son Muhammed (whose internment serial number at Gitmo was 312) was one of the family members who moved to Afghanistan. According to the files prepared for Muhammads hearings at Gitmo, he was trained at al Qaedas notorious al Farouq camp.
The father and son pair allegedly fought at Tora Bora in late 2001, and one Gitmo file alleges that Abd-al-Nisr was proficient at using a rocket propelled grenade launcher while fighting there.
Ongoing Thread - quote:
Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims’ families
AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
Posted on January 20, 2009 2:48:21 AM PST by Cindy
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims’ relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
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not only was Naji a member of the LET, but he was also the instructor for an improvised explosive device (IED) cell and trained al Qaeda members to build explosives.
... Naji a member of the LET, but he was also the instructor for an improvised explosive device (IED) cell and trained al Qaeda members to build explosives.
And we let him go ??????????????
IN A SEPARATE INCIDENT:
“Germany agrees to accept two Gitmo detainees”
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | July 12, 2010 | By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Posted on July 17, 2010 1:10:49 AM PDT by Cindy
Yeah, letting a IED instructor go. Is that a good idea?
“Algeria denies detaining Guantanamo returnee”
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:42am GMT
SNIPPET: “ALGERIA (Reuters) - An Algerian man sent home from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has not been detained on his return, an Algerian official said on Thursday, rejecting rights groups allegations he was being mistreated.
Abdul Aziz Naji was transferred from the military prison in Cuba to Algeria against his will, having said he feared persecution. A U.S. based rights group said on Wednesday he had gone missing and could be in secret detention.”
"An Algerian man sent home from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has not been detained on his return, an Algerian official said on Thursday, rejecting rights groups allegations he was being mistreated."
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