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Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


Capturing AuthorityPakistan
Date of CaptureFall 2001
Location of CapturePakistan
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner
SupervisorAbu Zubaydah
Alias(es)Bin Sheik
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 BirthLibya
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • 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.
  • 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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