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Omar al-Farouq and three others escape from US prison

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationU.S. detention facility, Bagram, Afghanistan
TimeEarly Morning July 11, 20052
ParticipantsOmar al-Farouq1,2, Muhammad Jafar Jamal al-Khatani2, Abdullah Hashimi2, Abu Yahya al-Libi3
Narrative and Notes
ReliableIn what was a major embarassment to U.S. forces, Omar al-Farouq, a senior al-Qaeda figure, and three other prisoners escaped from a U.S. detention facility in Bagram.

U.S. officials initially identifed al-Farouq by another name; it was not until November 2005 that one of the escapees was publicly identifed as al-Farouq.

Indonesian officials, who first captured al-Farouq, claimed they were not informed of his escape.1,2
1Caldwell, Alicia. 'Top bin Laden aide named in Afghan jail break.' The Associated Press: Nov. 3, 2005.
2Schmitt, Eric and Tim Golden. 'Prison escape in Afghanistan 'was a disaster.' The New York Times: Dec. 4, 2005.
3'Top Qaeda leader urges fighters to hit White House.' Reuters, Oct. 10, 2006.
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