Friday, January 23, 2009

Freed by US, Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief

Small Wars Journal

Freed by US, Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief - Robert Worth, New York Times

The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

More at The New York Times and:

Obama Closes Detention Network - Wall Street Journal
Bush Policies on Detention, Interrogation Reversed - Washington Post
Obama Overturns Bush Tactics in War on Terrorism - Los Angeles Times
Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies - New York Times
President Obama Orders Closure of Guantánamo - The Times
Guantanamo Trials Suspended After Obama Request - Voice of America
Obama Moves to Overhaul 'War on Terror' Practices - Christian Science Monitor
Gates Cites Positive Response to Pending Guantanamo Closure - AFPS
Will Europeans Take Detainees? - Christian Science Monitor
Europe Hesitant to Take Gitmo Inmates - Washington Times
Intelligence Pick Calls Torture Immoral, Ineffective - Washington Post
Blair Urges Some Secrecy - Washington Times
Obama and Guantanamo - Wall Street Journal editorial
A Perilous Road on Terror - Washington Times editorial
Obama and Guantanamo - Wall Street Journal editorial
Guantanamo Remains a Problem for Obama - Daily Telegraph editorial
Gitmo: Justice and Security - Washington Post editorial
First Steps at Guantánamo - New York Times editorial
Beyond Guantanamo - Chicago Tribune editorial
The Jack Bauer Exception - Wall Street Journal editorial
Torture Inquisition - Wall Street Journal editorial
Harsh Reality of Closing Guantánamo Bay - The Times opinion
Eric Holder and the FALN - Washington Times opinion
Sleeper Agent - Weekly Standard opinion

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also see No Guantanamo Exit Strategy

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