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New York Times
January 25, 2009 Pg. 8
2 Ex-Detainees In Qaeda Video
By Robert F. Worth
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Two former Guantánamo Bay detainees now appear
to have joined Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch, which released a video on
Friday showing them both and identifying them by their names and
Guantánamo detainee numbers.
American counterterrorism officials have already confirmed that
Said Ali al-Shihri, 35, who was released from the American prison
camp at Guantánamo in November 2007, is now the deputy leader of
Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch. He is suspected of playing a role in a
deadly attack on the American Embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana,
In the video released Friday, Mr. Shihri sits alongside a man
identified as Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi, who appears with a
script at the bottom of the screen giving his Guantánamo
identification number, 333. That number corresponds to a man known
in Pentagon documents as Mohamed Atiq Awayd al-Harbi, who was also
released to Saudi Arabia in November 2007.
The difference in names is partly due to the common Arab practice
of referring to men by their kunya, an honorific, in this case Abu
Hareth, derived from the name of his first son. The name Al Harbi
is a tribal designation.
Both men passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for
jihadists after their release from Guantánamo. That program has
been seen as a model, and the Saudi government had previously said
that none of its graduates had returned to terrorism.
In the video released Friday, Mr. Awfi warns fellow prisoners
about the Saudi program and threatens attacks against Saudi
Arabia. He also speaks angrily about the Israeli attacks on Hamas
Mr. Shihri also speaks in the video, saying "by God, our
imprisonment only increased our perseverance in the principles for
which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for."
New York Daily News
January 25, 2009 Pg. 22
Yemen Awaits 94 Gitmo Prisoners
SANAA, Yemen - Yemen said yesterday it expected the repatriation
soon of 94 Yemenis held at Guantanamo Bay, and vowed it would make
sure they did not rejoin the ranks of Islamic militants.
The remarks by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh came as two men
released earlier from Guantanamo appeared on an Al Qaeda video
posted on Islamist Web sites to say they had become commanders of
the group in Yemen.
The Pentagon said this month that 61 former detainees from its
camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appeared to have returned to fight
alongside militants since their release.
Saleh said within about three months, the United States was
expected to release 94 Yemenis who would undergo "rehabilitation to
rid them of extremism."