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Majid Khan

Al-Qaeda Operative


Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Date of CaptureSpring 20031,2
Location of CapturePakistan2
SupervisorKhalid Shaikh Mohammed1
Narrative and Notes
  • Khan moved with his family to Baltimore in 1996 but never obtained U.S. citizenship. He went to Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and was introducted by his uncle and cousin, both al-Qaeda members, to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
  • Because of Khan's excellent English and knowledge of the United States, Khan was selected to conduct an attack inside the country.
  • He took part in plotting to blow up gas stations, poison water reservoirs and kill Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • In fall 2002, he delivered money to Zubair, a Jemaah Islamiyah operative, to support attacks against Western targets.
  • He is also linked to Ali Abdulaziz Ali and Aafia Saddique.
  • In early 2003, Khan selected Uzair Parachi, a permanent resident alien in the United States, to impersonate him to assist him in reentering the country.
  • Khan planned to carry out attacks on gas stations in the United States.
  • He also recommended Iyman Faris to Mohammed for an operation inside the United States.
  • Khan was one of 14 key al-Qaeda operatives and associates transferred from CIA custody to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006.1
    1 'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    2 Human Rights Watch. 'List of Ghost Prisoners possibly in CIA custody.' Dec. 1, 2005.
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