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Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi
Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner
|Date of Capture||Fall 2001|
|Location of Capture||Pakistan|
|Role||Terrorist Operations Planner|
|Alternate Name(s)||Ibn al Shaykh al Libi, Ibn al-Shaikh al-Libi, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Liby, Ibn al-Shaikh al-Liby|
|Place of Birth||Libya|
|History||Attended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)|
|Narrative and Notes|
|Reliable||Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi ran the Khalden training camp in Afghanistan before the Sept. 11 attacks. Zacarias Moussaoui and Ahmed Ressam trained there.|
The U.S. government froze his assets on Sept. 23, 2001.
He was captured by Pakistani forces fleeing the Tora Bora area in Afghanistan in late 2001 and turned over to American officials in January 2002.
|Possible||The CIA sent him to Egypt for interrogation in 2002. There, al-Libi made a number of claims of al-Qaeda's contacts with Iraq and their cooperation on chemical and biological weapons.|
Despite concerns from American intelligence officers, these statements were used as a foundation of the Bush administration's pre-invasion claims regarding such cooperation.
Later in 2002, he was transferred to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He appears to have been transferred again, to an unknown location.
In 2004, al-Libi recanted these claims and claimed the Egyptians had tortured him. Egypt has denied the allegation.1
|1 Jehl, Douglas. 'Iraq war intelligence linked to coercion.' The New York Times: Dec. 9, 2005.|
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