Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mohammad al Rahman al Shumrani

ISN: 195
Nationality: Saudi

The following is a summary of the allegations against Mohammad al Rahman al Shumrani 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.   

Shumrani told US interrogators that he trained at Khaldan, a militant training camp in Afghanistan. He also said that he trained at Al Qaeda’s Al Faruq training camp. He said he attempted to fight the Russians in Chechnya, but was unable to contact anyone who was fighting there. He said that he fought in support of the Taliban at Bagram but retreated to Tora Bora when the fighting became intense in November 2001.

When shown a photo of Shumrani, Abu Zubaydah said Shumrani trained at Khaldan and was a fighter who fought with the Taliban on the front lines against the US-allied Northern Alliance.

Shumrani fled Afghanistan with a group of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters led by Ibn Al Shaykh Al Libi, one of the principal administrators of the Khaldan militant training camp. The group entered Pakistan in December 2001. According to Shumrani’s DAB, the group’s Pakistani contact convinced them to surrender their weapons and gathered the group in a mosque where Pakistani forces arrested them.

Shumrani was sent to Guantanamo on January 16, 2002.

In 2004 Shumrani declined to participate in his CSRT. At his 2005 ARB, he denied being a member of Al Qaeda or ever wanting to join Al Qaeda. He did not make this claim at his 2006 or 2008 ARB.

In October 2007 Shumrani said, “When I get out of here, I will go to Iraq and Afghanistan and kill as many Americans as I can. Then I will come here and kill more Americans.” Shumrani has threatened to kill the guards at Guantanamo on multiple occasions.  

In January 2010 Obama’s Guantanamo Task Force recommended Shumrani for continued detention. 

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