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Fourteen senior prisoners to Guantanamo

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationJemaah Islamiya
Other OrganizationAl-Ittihad al-Islami
LocationU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Time Sept. 4, 20062
ParticipantsAli Abdulaziz Ali1, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani1, Hambali1, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi1, Lillie1, Majid Khan1, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri1, Abu Faraj al-Libbi1, Abu Zubaydah1, Ramzi Binalshibh1, Zubair1, Tawfiq bin Attash1, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed1, Gouled Hassan Dourad1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn Sept. 6, 2006, the Bush administration announced it had transferred 14 high-value detainees from CIA custody in secret, overseas prisons, to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face some kind of tribunal or trial. It is unclear when the 14 were actually transferred.

The move came after persistant criticism from international and human rights groups that the United States was holding these detainees in secret in violation of international convention. There were also accusations they were tortured.

It is unlikely the move will satisfy most critics, as the operations at Guantanamo remain a source of contention.

The 14 transferred can be broken down as follows:

  • Senior al-Qaeda leaders: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Hambali, Tawfiq bin Attash, Abu Zubaydah, Abu Faraj al-Libbi and Abd al-Rahim al-Nahsiri.

  • 9-11 facilitators: Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdulaziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi.

  • Plotters of new, unrealized strikes in the United States: Lillie, Majid Khan and Zubair.

  • East African Embassy bombings facilitator: Ahmed Khaflan Ghailani.

  • Somalia facilitator: Gouled Hassan Dourad.

    Of those, Dourad appears to be the odd man out: his al-Qaeda activities were limited to casing an American military base in Djibouti for a regional al-Qaeda operations chief.

    It is also interesting to note who is missing: no one captured in Iraq, Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia were among those transferred. Most were taken in Pakistan, with the Jemaah Islamiya arrests taking place in Thailand.1
    1'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    2Burns, Robert. 'Terrorist Suspects Arrive at Guantanamo.' The Associated Press: Sept. 7, 2006.
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