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Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ahmed, Abdul Rahman (15 November 2006)

UNCLASSIFIED

Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

15 November 2006


To: Ahmed, Abdul Rahman
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ahmed, Abdul Rahman


1.

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.

2.

The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state or to a third state; (2) transfer you to your home state, or a third state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state, or the third state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.

3.

The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee purchased and viewed a jihad recruitment video.
  2. The detainee attended speeches about jihad in Yemen.
  3. The detainee stated that another individual normally provided money for tickets form Yemen to Afghanistan, but the detainee chose to travel at his own expense.
  4. The detainee stated he flew from Sanaa, Yemen to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Karachi, Pakistan. The detainee then traveled by bus from Karachi, Pakistan to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  5. After arrival in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the detainee stayed one week at the Nibras Guest House.
  6. The detainee stated he traveled to the al Farouq Training Camp by bus.
  7. After attending al Farouq Training Camp, the detainee stated he traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he stayed in a guest house for three weeks.
  8. The detainee traveled to the Arab House in Kabul, Afghanistan and waited there for two to three months.
  9. The detainee stated he was injured during a United States bombing raid on the northern lines in Afghanistan.
  10. The detainee spent two weeks in a hospital in Konduz, Afghanistan. The detainee then followed an order for all Arabs to proceed to Mazar-e-Sharif , Afghanistan.
  11. A source identified the detainee as someone from the front lines in Afghanistan and in Konduz, Afghanistan. The source said that the detainee claimed to have training videos with him that he had produced about mines and minefields, a video camera, a bag full of money from all countries and many passports from dead Arab fighters.
  12. The detainee stated he would be honored to be an al Qaida member.
b. Training
  1. The detainee stated he attended a 57-day training course at al Farouq Training Camp. Training included marksmanship and assembly and disassembly of numerous weapons.
  2. While at al Farouq Training Camp, the detainee stated he received training on the AK-47, pistols, M16, Uzi, G-3, Kalaco rifle, RPG and land mine theory.
  3. The detainee did well at al Farouq Training Camp and was given specialized training. The training included how to dress and act in an airport, a special way of talking, as well as how to resist interrogation and torture.
  4. The detainee stated he was aware of 80 individuals who were pulled out of al Farouq for special operations. The detainee also stated the nineteen 11 September 2001 hijackers trained at al Farouq.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee heard about al Qaida training courses available in intelligence collection, mountain warfare, artillery, topography, land navigation, Stinger and SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles, military leadership, urban warfare, building and planting explosive devices, forgery and poisons.
  2. During the detainee's stay at al Nibras Guest House, Usama bin Laden visited twice with senior al Qaida operatives, including Abu Hafs.
  3. The detainee stated Usama bin Laden was a great man and that he knew the detainee and sat with him.
  4. Usama bin Laden visited al Farouq twice in late July, early August 2001.
  5. The detainee claimed Usama bin Laden told him al Qaida would set up a headquarters in Yemen after al Qaida was forced out of Afghanistan.
  6. The detainee stated he attended a meeting prior to 11 September 2001; the attendees discussed an upcoming operation that was going to take place and whether the Americans would invade Afghanistan after the attack. Al Qaida decided if America did not respond, al Qaida would launch another operation until Americans did respond.
  7. The detainee explained that every al Qaida operational team has a manager who makes decisions without having to consult Usama bin Laden.
  8. The detainee stated he sat with Usama bin Laden more than ten times and that the detainee has information regarding future attacks planned against the United States.
  9. The detainee stated he may have been on a mission for Usama bin Laden when he was caought or arrested, but he refused to be specific.
  10. The detainee was selected at al Farouq to be taken to see the fighting at the front lines. There the detainee had the opportunity to sit down with al Qaida leaders and talk to them.
  11. The detainee's name appeared on a list of al Qaida Mujahedin trust accounts seized during raids of al Qaida associated safe houses.
  12. The detainee's name appeared on a list of killed or wounded al Qaida martyrs recovered during the capture of a senior al Qaida operative.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee stated he was capture at Mazar-e-Shariff , Afghanistan, spent 52 days in prison and was present during the uprising.
  2. The detainee stated he knew Usama bin Laden was preparing a big strike and several smaller attacks on the United States. The detainee stated his sources of information were good and believed the attacks would happen.
  3. The detainee stated he planned deception with personnel in the cell blocks with the goal of learning interviewing styles and approaches.
  4. The detainee stated his mission was to collect information on our techniques and to waste our resources investigating his lies.
  5. The detainee claimed he was a terrorist and that he would never give the United States information that would help them fight Muslims and terrorists.
  6. The detainee remained imprisoned at Mazar-e-Sharif , Afghanistan until shortly after it fell to Northern Alliance Forces.
  7. The detainee attempted to escape from the prison at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan with fifteen others. The detainee stated some of the others were killed; he was shot, wounded and recaptured.
4.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

a.

The detainee believes Usama bin Laden is a heretic who goes against the teachings of the Koran.

b.

The detainee does not agree with al because they target the innocent, which the Koran forbids.

c.

The detainee was against some of the policies of al Qaida, including suicide missions and killing innocent people.

d.

The detainee stated he did not go to train to fight the United States Forces. The detainee went to fulfill his religous duty to protect himself and his honor, and did not consider his training to be offensive in nature.

e.

The detaine claimed he was against the 11 September 2001 attacks and did not consider them jihad. The detainee believes jihad is man fighting man, not man fighting against innocent people.

f.

The detainee denied having any knowledge regarding the World Trade Center attacks, the bombing of the USS COLE, the embassy bombings or any other terrorist attacks.

g.

The detainee claimed he was not part of al Qaida or the Taliban.

h.

During an interview with the detainee in early 2003, the detainee stated the stories regarding his experience with Usama bin Laden and al Qaida were fabricated.

5.

You will be provided with a meaningful opportunity to be heard and present information to this Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.