February 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo Bay is mounting a novel legal challenge to win his release, arguing in a federal lawsuit that he should be freed when U.S. combat troops pull out of Afghanistan because international law stipulates that prisoners of war be returned home once a conflict is over. The lawsuit is the latest attempt in a 12-year struggle by the Odah family of Kuwait to secure the release of a dozen Kuwaiti young men who were captured in Afghanistan after the Sept.
January 28, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - Dressed in a white T-shirt, the former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden sat at the center of a long table Tuesday in the Guantanamo Bay prison, his beard dark and long, listening to two sides argue his fate. On one side, his attorney David H. Remes told a review board that Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Rahabi was a model prisoner who helped end a hunger strike last year, was elected “block leader” by fellow detainees and worked with camp authorities to ease the tensions in the prison.
January 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - He was selling vegetables in Yemen at age 16 when he first embraced jihad, rising quickly in Al Qaeda and eventually being tapped for a Sept. 11, 2001, suicide operation in Asia that was scrapped in favor of the airplane attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, according to U.S. intelligence records. He served as a trusted bodyguard to Osama bin Laden, and his sister became the terrorist leader's fourth wife. But the militant's career came to an end 12 years ago when he was captured near the mountains of Tora Bora by Pakistani forces and sent to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, becoming another nameless, faceless "high-risk" terrorism suspect with little hope of release.
January 19, 2014 |
MOSCOW -- Russia demanded that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay be closed down as soon as possible after a Foreign Ministry envoy visited the last Russian prisoner still held there. "This trip has just fortified our principled position, which coincides with approaches of an overwhelming majority of world community members -- states, international human rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, including those from the United States -- to the effect that the Guantanamo prison should be closed as soon as possible,” Konstantin Dolgov, a human rights envoy with the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Saturday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
January 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has written a rambling, deeply religious manifesto that suggests Muslims should not use violence to spread Islam - a sharp departure from his earlier boasts of waging violent jihad against the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations. The unclassified comments by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who will soon turn 50 and who has spent the last decade in U.S. custody, come a year and a half into the pretrial phase of his military commission trial.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former bodyguard for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first in a series of review hearings that the Obama administration is holding to speed up the eventual closure of the U.S. military prison for terrorist detainees, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, who allegedly underwent militant training at a secret camp in Afghanistan, is no longer a "significant threat" to the United States and is eligible for transfer from the prison at some point, the review board members decided.