Saturday, February 1, 2014

Abdu Ali al Haji Sharqawi

ISN: 1457
Nationality: Yemeni

The following is a summary of the allegations against Abdu Sharqawi found in publicly available US military documents. If US military documents about this prisoner are inaccurate or misleading then this summary will be as well. The introduction to this set of summaries explains some of the terms used below.   

Abdu told US interrogators that he sent promising Yemeni Al Qaeda recruits to Afghanistan to become bodyguards for Osama Bin Laden. Abdu’s DAB says he was responsible for moving money and fighters into Afghanistan prior to the fall of the Taliban. His DAB also says that after the Taliban fell, Abdu provided assistance to hundreds of foreign fighters seeking to flee from Afghanistan to Pakistan or to their home countries. Abdu said that if he was released he would likely rejoin Osama Bin Laden. Abdu was captured in a raid by Pakistan’s ISI on a suspected safe house in Karachi in February 2002. Abdu was later transferred to US custody. He arrived at Guantanamo in September 2004.

The unclassified summary one of Abdu’s ARBs said that Abdu stated he did not accept Osama Bin Laden’s claim that American civilians were legitimate targets because they paid taxes and supported the American government. His ARB summary also says that while Abdu stated Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are against the United States, his support of al Qaeda did not put him in opposition of the United States.

Abdu was recommended for prosecution by Obama’s Guantanamo task force in January 2010.

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