Saturday, May 24, 2014

Abdul Latif Nasir

ISN: 244
Nationality: Moroccan

The following is a summary of the allegations against Abdul Nasir 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.   

Abdul Nasir was captured by Northern Alliance forces with other suspected Al Qaeda fighters in December 2001.

Nasir was sent to Guantanamo in May 2002.

Nasir told US interrogators that he attempted to travel to Chechnya to fight but was unable to do so. Nasir said that he trained at an Al Qaeda training camp. Nasir said that he became an explosives trainer and a member of Al Qaeda’s explosives committee. He said that he fought alongside the Taliban against the US and the Northern Alliance.

Nasir also told US interrogators that the US missed their opportunity to capture Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora. He said the fighters had a lack of leadership, were poorly armed, and demoralized.

When shown a photo of Nasir, Abu Faraj al Libi said Nasir had trained at Al Qaeda’s Al Faruq training camp.  

Ibn Al Shaykh Al Libi said Nasir trained at the Al Faruq training camp and became an instructor.

Ahmad Al Darbi said that Nasir was an explosives instructor at the Al Faruq training camp.

Hamud al Jadani said Nasir was an explosives expert who assisted the Taliban in destroying the Bamyan Buddha figures in 1999. Hamud said that the Taliban sought assistance from Al Qaeda after their first attempt to destroy the statues failed.

Hamud also said that Nasir was a commander who fought against the US at the battle of Tora Bora.

Nasir has threatened the guards at Guantanamo with references to the 9/11 attacks. Nasir also praised terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Egypt that killed civilians.

At his 2007 ARB Nasir denied having said that he was a member of Al Qaeda, on the Al Qaeda explosives committee, or an explosives trainer. He said that he did not agree with the 9/11 attacks. He also said that if he was released he would go to Morocco to see his family and buy and sell merchandise.

In January 2010 Obama’s Guantanamo task force recommended Abdul Nasir for continued detention. 

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