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Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Said, Mohammed Mohammed Ahmen (28 September 2005)


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

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

28 September 2005

To: Said, Mohammed Mohammed Ahmen
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Said, Mohammed Mohammed Ahmen

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


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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee was recruited by Abu Khalood to travel to Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee stated that he knew his recruiter because they were from the same neighborhood in Taiz, Yemen and belong to the same soccer club. The detainee talked to Abu Khalood about the training camps in Afghanistan and about they should travel to Palestine to fight the Jews.
  3. The detainee went to a mosque near his home named Al Mujima to pray. The detainee would meet other people there and they would sometimes discuss jihad. The detainee stated that his recruiter would lead the jihad discussions and talk about Bosnia, Afghanistan and Palestine.
  4. The detainee collected money from the local mosque to assist Muslims in other countries.
  5. The detainee decided to go to Afghanistan and stated Abu Kholood supplied the funds for his documents and travel.
  6. The detainee stated that he wanted to go to Afghanistan for military training. The detainee wanted to prepare himself to fight because Jews were killing innocent Palestinians and the same thing was happening in Afghanistan.
  7. The detainee fought on the front lines with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance.
  8. The detainee went to Kabul where he was sent to the rear line for four months and then sent to the front lines to guard against the Northern Forces.
b. Training
  1. The detainee traveled to Afghanistan and trained at the al Farouq Camp, specializing in heavy weapons.
  2. The detainee had training in mountain fighting, the AK-47, the PK rifle and rocket propelled grenades. The detainee's trainer was Juhaina from Yemen or Saudi Arabia.
  3. While on the back line, the detainee trained on the M-43 and the SBG-9. While in al Farouq the detainee trained on the AK-47 and the PK.
c. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee was in Tora Bora in a bunker and cave for fifteen days and was injured in a bomb blast when he left the cave.
  2. The detainee was captured by Northern Forces while leaving Tora Bora. The Northern Forces took the detainee to a prison in Kabul, Afghanistan where the detainee was eventually turned over to the Americans.
  3. The detainee stated that the Northern Forces were driving the fighters to the mountains and to Jalalabad.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer

The detainee denied having any specific knowledge about mosque activities to raise money to support Mujahideen in other countries.


The detainee stated that he wanted to leave Afghanistan after the training was over and return to Yemen until he could travel to Palestine. He had not decided to join any specific group there but was going to help fight against the Jews.


The detainee stated that he did not agree with the philosophies of Usama Bin Laden and felt that Usama Bin Laden was not correct in his jihad. The detainee stated that Islam did not believe in the killing of women, children or the elderly like what Usama Bin Laden did in the terror attacks against the United States.


The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001.


The detainee stated that he did not know of any al Qaida members in Yemen and claims to have never heard of them until the USS Cole bombing. The detainee was unaware of the al Qaida presence until he arrived to Afghanistan.


The detainee did not hear or see plans for attacks against United States interests and said he would not endorse such acts because it is not the Islamic way and would not have any problems reporting such incidents to the authorities.


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.