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Guantanamo detainee released by Obama now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen

15-12-08 Ibrahim Qosi

Ibrahim al Qosi, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, now serves as a leader and spokesman for al Qaeda in Yemen.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan two years later, in July 2012.

Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 and became one of its leaders. Qosi and other AQAP commanders discussed their time waging jihad at length in the video, entitled “Guardians of Sharia.”

Islamic scholars ensure the “correctness” of the “jihadist project,” according to Qosi. And the war against America continues through “individual jihad,” which al Qaeda encourages from abroad. Here, Qosi referred to al Qaeda’s policy of encouraging attacks by individual adherents and smaller terror cells. Indeed, AQAP’s video celebrates jihadists who have acted in accordance with this call, such as the Kouachi brothers, who struck Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris earlier this year. The Kouachi brothers’ operation was sponsored by AQAP.

The al Qaeda veterans shown in the video emphasized the importance of following the advice of recognized jihadist ideologues. Although AQAP’s men do not mention the Islamic State by name, they clearly have Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s group in mind. Al Qaeda has criticized the Islamic State for failing to follow the teachings of widely respected jihadist authorities, most of whom reject the legitimacy of Baghdadi’s self-declared “caliphate.”

Qosi’s appearance marks the first time he has starred in jihadist propaganda since he left Guantanamo. His personal relationship with Osama bin Laden and time in American detention make him an especially high-profile spokesman.

A leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment and other declassified files documented Qosi’s extensive al Qaeda dossier. In the threat assessment, dated Nov. 15, 2007, US intelligence analysts described Qosi as a “high” risk to the US and its allies.

“Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against US forces, if released,” JTF-GTMO found.

In 1990, Qosi met two al Qaeda members who recruited him for jihad in Afghanistan.

Qosi was then trained at al Qaeda’s al Farouq camp, which was the terror group’s primary training facility in pre-9/11 Afghanistan. In 1991, Osama bin Laden relocated to Sudan and Qosi followed. He worked as an accountant and treasurer for bin Laden’s front companies, a role he would continue to fill after al Qaeda moved back to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the mid-1990s.

JTF-GTMO found that after an attempt on bin Laden’s life in 1994, Qosi was chosen to be a member of the al Qaeda founder’s elite security detail. He was also picked to perform sensitive missions around that time.

For example, Qosi served as a courier and may have delivered funds to the terrorist cell responsible for the June 25, 1995 assassination attempt on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Qosi relocated to Chechnya that same year, before returning to bin Laden’s side in Afghanistan some time in 1996 or 1997.

“From 1998 to 2001,” JTF-GTMO’s analysts wrote, Qosi “traveled back and forth between the front lines near Kabul and Kandahar to help with the fight against the Northern Alliance.”

In Dec. 2001, the Pakistanis captured Qosi as he fled the Battle of Tora Bora. He was detained as part of a group dubbed the “Dirty 30” by US intelligence officials. The “Dirty 30” included other members of bin Laden’s bodyguard unit, as well as Mohammed al Qahtani, the would-be 20th hijacker. Qahtani, who was slated to take part in the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings, had been denied entry into the US just months before.

While detained at Guantanamo in 2003, Qosi was asked why he stayed true to bin Laden for so many years. According to JTF-GTMO, Qosi explained it was his “religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill the obligation of jihad and that the war between America and al Qaeda is a war between Islam and aggression of the infidels.”

Qosi made it clear in AQAP’s new production that he hasn’t changed his opinion in the twelve years since.

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Guantanamo prisoner has a DATING PROFILE on Match.com

This is Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani's Match.com profile picture. His lawyer runs his account, with the tag line 'detained but ready to mingle', as he remains in Guantanamo Bay. He has been in Camp 7 since 2007

Detained but ready to mingle..

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner has an online dating profile.

Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani is looking for love on Match.com from the confines of his prison camp, where he has been held since 2007.

According to his lawyer Carlos Warner, who monitors the account, al-Afghani set up the profile in 2012.

With the location set to ‘Guantanamo Bay’, his tag line reads, ‘detained but ready to mingle’ – and he gets matches every day.

This is Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani’s Match.com profile picture. His lawyer runs his account, with the tag line ‘detained but ready to mingle’, as he remains in Guantanamo Bay. He has been in Camp 7 since 2007

'I'll stick with Match.com': Al-Afghani jokes about the Ashley Madison hack in this letter. Though he has never had an account on the extra-marital affair site, he references his profile on Match.com - and dismisses Tinder

‘I’ll stick with Match.com’: Al-Afghani jokes about the Ashley Madison hack in this letter. Though he has never had an account on the extra-marital affair site, he references his profile on Match.com – and dismisses Tinder

Popular culture whizz: In a surprising note, he also expresses his respect for transgender reality star Caitlyn Jenner. However, he questions her conservative politics and conservative use of spray tan

The surprising news has emerged in a set of letters the ‘high-value’ prisoner sent to Warner this summer, seen by Daily Mail Online, in which he jokes about the Ashley Madison hack and his own experience in the field.

‘This is terrible news about Ashley Madison, please remove my profile immediately!!!’ al-Afghani jokes in a letter dated 21 July.

‘I’ll stick with Match.com even though you say it is for old people. There is no way I can do Tinder in here.’

Al-Afghani, who is accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden but has not been given a trial, made his foray into the ever-popular world of online dating after reading about the phenomenon in a magazine four years ago, Warner told Daily Mail Online.

With access to satellite television and newspapers, the Afghan detainee has become passionate about modern technology and popular culture beyond the confines of Camp 7.

‘I was visiting him a few years ago and, as always, brought him some magazines,’ Warner explains.

‘At the time online dating wasn’t as big as it is now, and he found it fascinating. He asked if we could set up a profile so I did.

‘We decided on two: Plenty Of Fish and Match.com. But Plenty Of Fish required too much classified information – date of birth, exact location. So we went with Match.com.

Despite having spent most of his time in the States in detention, he empathizes with LeBron leaving Miami

Despite having spent most of his time in the States in detention, he empathizes with LeBron leaving Miami

An unlikely ally for South Dakota: Al-Afghani chastises President Obama for snubbing just one state 

An unlikely ally for South Dakota: Al-Afghani chastises President Obama for snubbing just one state

It seems al-Afghani is concerned Donald Trump does not have a good enough track record to lead the U.S.

It seems al-Afghani is concerned Donald Trump does not have a good enough track record to lead the U.S.

‘It’s obviously it’s a bit of satire and unfortunately he doesn’t have a trial or release date, but if he did he would certainly be responding to some of these matches.

‘I still get emails every day with matches from women in the Caribbean. He finds it very funny that some woman in Jamaica might be pining for him even though he’s open about the fact that he’s in Guantanamo.

‘He can’t believe how popular online dating is now. I tell him that’s how most people meet someone these days and he finds that hilarious. Tinder confuses him though – he doesn’t understand really what a smartphone is so the concept of swiping is strange.’

Warner adds: ‘I don’t want to say he’s a “ladies man” but he’s definitely interested in the culture.’

Since publication, it appears Match.com has suspended al-Afghani’s account.

Al-Afghani was originally detained by Pakistani intelligence forces but requested to be tried in America. On arrival, he was placed in Guantanamo Bay, where he is now one of 116 remaining prisoners.

He appeared numerous times in the torture report which found the CIA had unjustly subjected detainees to brutal and life-altering abuse before trial.

Warner concedes it is unlikely they will see a trial or release date any time soon. For now, their meetings, which usually last a few days, consist of reading newspapers, watching TV and talking about culture.

‘I always bring him as many magazines as I can. His favorite above all is The Economist so I try to always bring that. Aside from that, anything will do. He’s just fascinated to learn about what’s going on.’

Al-Afghani was mentioned numerous times in the torture report which found he was unjustly abused

Al-Afghani was mentioned numerous times in the torture report which found he was unjustly abused

He writes extensively about his detention and torture as he reaches almost nine years inside the camp

He writes extensively about his detention and torture as he reaches almost nine years inside the camp

As English is not al-Afghani's first language, some letters (like this) he dictates to prison guards to write

As English is not al-Afghani’s first language, some letters (like this) he dictates to prison guards to write

There are 116 prisoners remaining at the detention camp despite President Obama's vow to close it

There are 116 prisoners remaining at the detention camp despite President Obama’s vow to close it

In his letters, Al-Afghani also writes animatedly about his respect for Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transformation, politics, and style.

‘It was interesting to hear about Catilyn (sic) Jenner,’ he wrote on July 21.

‘I am happy for her because people are born how they are. I have one question though – how is she a Republican? They want to take her rights away?

‘Anyhow, tell her to use spray tan for her legs.’

And it seems even Guantanamo detainees are baffled by Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the top of the polls.

He writes: ‘Donald Trump is an idiot!!!

‘Sen. McCain (sic) is a war hero. Donald Trump is a war zero.

‘How can a racist run for president? He bankrupted the USFL and now wants to bankrupt the U.S.

‘At this rate Hillary has a chance.’

Another letter touches on LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, Ohio.

He also harbors an appreciation for the people of South Dakota: ‘Why hasn’t President Obama visited South Dakota? He has been to every other state. South Dakotains have feelings too!!!’

Despite being refused a trial and being heavily tortured, he adds, ‘I want to go to the U.S. when this place is closed… however maybe I should be scared to go to South Dakota.’

The cheery nature of his letters bear a stark contrast to the damning allegations that he helped protect Osama bin Laden.

Warner insists the allegations are ‘bulls***’ and that ‘the government has made no effort to try him in any way, shape or form’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3234685/Guantanamo-prisoner-DATING-PROFILE-Match-com-says-detained-ready-mingle.html#ixzz3loae1vPR

US trained Syria rebels refuse to fight al-Qaeda

Rebel fighter jumps through a fire loop as he demonstrates his skill during a military display as part of a graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. (Reuters)

Al Arabiya News //A group of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels have declared their refusal to fight al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the country, the Nusra Front, following a series of kidnappings by the militant group, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Citing a source in Division 30, a group believed to have been trained by U.S.-backed forces, the British newspaper said the rebels also oppose U.S. airstrikes against al-Nusra Front.

In late July, al-Nusra Front vowed to cut off “the arms” of the American government in Syria when they attacked headquarters of Division 30, killing at least five fighters.

Al-Nusra Front detained the rebel group’s commander Col. Nadim al-Hassan along with six others last week.

Meanwhile, al-Nusra Front continued its campaign against the U.S.-backed rebel unit this week, with the UK-based monitoring network, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, saying al-Qaeda’s affiliate kidnapped five more members of Division 30.

A source in the U.S.-backed group said those captured were families of the fighters.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon also said members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who went through the new U.S. training program to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have been captured by al-Nusra Front.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the military is monitoring the situation but details are sketchy.