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Wikileaks reveals US military considers Yemeni intel (PSO) as al Qaeda supporter; Nashiri the early day

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, USS Cole, Yemen, al nashiri, gitmo, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:02 pm on Friday, April 15, 2011

Yes Nashiri did first meet bin Laden in 1996.

Chicago Tribune: According to the allegations against Nashiri, he met Osama bin Laden in 1996 and joined Al Qaeda two years later. In the fall of 2000, he allegedly recruited others to pilot a small boat filled with bombs into the Cole, setting off an explosion in a Yemeni port, killing 17 U.S. sailors and leaving a 40-foot hole in the ship.

Nashiri, a Saudi, was captured more than a year later, and “admitted he assisted with the plot,” according to the government allegations. He was taken to Guantanamo Bay, one of 779 captives who have been detained there at one time or another.

Then Nashiri’s lawyers contended that he had been deprived of sleep and tormented with sensory deprivation. An unidentified associate professor of medicine at Boston University, who specializes in human rights and refugee health, testified about “torturous treatment” and “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Guardian pages 15-17

ChiTrib” The documents also include new details about Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole off the coast of Yemen that killed 17 American sailors.

The documents state that Nashiri, who last week became the first detainee to be charged at Guantanamo by the Obama administration, met with Bin Laden in Afghanistan to discuss who would carry out the ship bombing. Nashiri also ordered the bombers to attack the first U.S. ship that stopped in the port of Aden, which turned out to be the Cole two weeks later.


In December, al-Qaeda’s top lieutenants gathered in Zormat. They included Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks; Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged planner of the USS Cole attack; and Abu Faraj al-Libbi, a key facilitator for bin Laden.

The place was teeming with fighters who were awaiting for al-Qaeda to return their passports so they could flee across the border to Pakistan…Nashiri reported that while at Zormat he was approached by two Saudi nationals who wanted to strike U.S. and Israeli targets in Morocco. Nashiri said he had been considering an operation in the Strait of Gibraltar and thought that the British military base there, which he had seen in a documentary, would be a good target.

Nashiri’s willingness to approve a plot on his own was later the source of some tension within the organization, particularly with Mohammed….Nashiri separately complained that he was being pushed by bin Laden to continue planning aggressive operations against U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf region without much regard for his security.

It was an unusual complaint for someone who was so committed to al-Qaeda. According to documents, to avoid the distraction of women, he “reportedly received injections to promote impotence and recommended the injections to others so more time could be spent on the jihad.” — Gradually, Mohammed and the other operatives were picked off by Pakistanis working with the CIA and the FBI. When Ramzi Binalshibh, a key liaison between the Sept. 11 hijackers and al-Qaeda, was arrested at a safe house in Karachi on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, there was a four-hour standoff while the Yemeni and two others held knives to their own throats and threatened to kill themselves rather than be taken.

The document, titled “Matrix of Threat Indicators for Enemy Combatants,” was one of more than 700 documents released to select news agencies by WikiLeaks. The document has been published by The New York Times. On pages 16 and 17, the document lists the “Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate,” “Iranian Intelligence,” and “Yemeni Intelligence [PSO]” as “associated forces … with which al Qaeda, the al Qaeda network, or the Taliban had or has an established working, supportive, or beneficiary relationship for the achievement of common goals.”

“Through associations with these groups and organizations, a detainee may have provided support to al Qaeda or the Taliban, or engaged in hostilities against US or Coalition forces,” the document continued.

Read more: at Long War Journal

NYT: These three documents were designed to guide military intelligence interrogators and analysts at Guantánamo as they attempted to assess what detainees had done in the past and what risk they might pose in the future. The “Assessment of Afghanistan Travels” — which lists the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as one source — offers background on Afghanistan and Islam and examples of how some detainees may have been trained to resist interrogation. The two “Threat Matrix” documents were aids to gauging whether a prisoner, on release, might pose a a high, medium or low risk to American interests.

al Hilal’s page at the NYT

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