View Full Version : Gitmo Taliban Leaders in Af, Pak and Yemen

Ed Jewett
05-30-2010, 03:29 AM
Gitmo Taliban Leaders–Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen (http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/gitmo-taliban-leaders-afghanistan-pakistan-yemen/)

29 05 2010 [The following is proof that American brainwashing efforts at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan's secret prisons is behind three of the militant insurgencies we fight, either by accident or design. The main leaders of the Afghan, Pakistani and Yemeni Taliban were imprisoned at Guantanamo for years.

Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir (http://www.rand.org/commentary/2009/07/05/NYP.html), aka Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, second in command Afghan Taliban.
Abdullah Mehsud (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3745962.stm) was a Taleban veteran of Guantanamo Bay, founder of Pakistani Taliban.
Othman Ahmed al-Ghamdi (http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May492.xml&section=middleeast) spent four years in Guantanamo prison, now commander "al Qaida" in Yemen (Yemeni Taliban).]
Al-Qaeda in Yemen announces new leader, ex-gitmo prisoner (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=al-qaeda-in-yemen-announces-new-leader-ex-gitmo-prisoner-2010-05-28)

DUBAI – Khaleej Times

A file picture taken on January 26, 2010 shows an armed member of the Yemeni anti-terror unit stands next to relatives of suspected al-Qaeda members outside a court in San’a. AFP photo.
A fugitive Saudi Arabian man, who was once detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was named as a senior member of al-Qaeda’s Yemen wing, theKhaleej Times website (http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May492.xml&section=middleeast) reported, citing al-Arabiya television, which published a tape by the group on Friday.
The tape also confirmed the deaths of three leaders killed in December and January during Yemeni air raids, the Arab broadcaster said.
Among those killed were Abdullah al-Muhdar, the leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen’s Shabwa province, Mohammed Amir al-Awlaki, and Mohammed Saleh al-Kazimi.
Uthman Ahmed al-Ghamdi, the 31-year-old man named as a leading al-Qaeda operative on Friday, had been added to a list of the 85 most wanted people by Saudi Arabia 15 months ago, al-Arabiya said.
He spent four years in Guantanamo prison after he was captured in Afghanistan and was released in 2006.
Yemen, neighbor to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, has been a key Western security concern since the Yemen-based al-Qaeda arm claimed responsibility for a failed December attempt to bomb a U.S. bound passenger plane.
Last month, the group tried to assassinate the British ambassador to Yemen, Tim Torlot, when a suicide bomber voluntarily jumped into the path of the convoy taking the ambassador to work in capital San’a.
The envoy was unharmed and only the suicide bomber died, but the bold hit signaled that a recent crackdown by San’a on the global militant group has done little to curb its ambitions to carry out attacks on international targets.
Western countries and Riyadh want Yemen, grappling with a northern insurgency and southern separatism, to quell its domestic conflicts in order to turn its focus on fighting al-Qaeda, which they see as a bigger global threat.
Guantanamo prison was set up by U.S. President George W. Bush in Cuba in 2002 to hold foreigners captured after U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan to root out al-Qaeda and the Taliban in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

[Comment by Ed: I offer this up gingerly, having seen a similar allegation previously, to the insights of the assembled DPF membership.]

Paul Rigby
05-30-2010, 08:03 AM
On the mass release - 1200 to 1500 - of armed Viet Cong in Kien Hoa province by the CIA's Colonel Thao, see Dennis Bloodworth, (Observer's Foreign News Service), "Bold Experiment Tried By South Viet Colonel," New York Herald-Tribune, 7 June 1961.