Former Guantanamo Detainees Fuel Growing Al-Qaeda Cell in Yemen

(Washington Post) Sudarsan Raghavan - Former detainees of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have led and fueled the growing assertiveness of the al-Qaeda branch in Yemen that claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner. They include two Saudi nationals: the deputy leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Said Ali al-Shihri, and the group's chief theological adviser, Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish. Months after their release to Saudi Arabia, both crossed into Yemen and rejoined the terrorist network. The group partially led by former Guantanamo detainees may have equipped and trained Nigerian bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

2009-12-30 08:38:01

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