Ibrahim Qosi: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee is now al Qaeda Leader in Yemen

Ibrahim Qosi: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee is now al Qaeda Leader in Yemen

156741879Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a new propaganda video featuring former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

Qosi has long been connected with al Qaeda – first joining in 1990 after he was recruited by two members. He trained at al Qaeda’s primary training camp, al Farouq, and eventually relocated to Sudan to work as an accountant and treasurer in Osama bin Laden’s front companies.

In 1994, after an attempted assassination, Qosi was chosen to be a member of bin Laden’s security detail. He was also chosen to perform sensitive missions around that time, including delivering funds to the terrorist cell responsible for the June 25, 1995 assassination attempt of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

From 1998 to 2001, Qosi traveled back and forth between the front lines near Kabul and Kandahar, and was captured by the Pakistanis in December of 2001 as he fled the Battle of Tora Bora. He was detained as part of a group called the “Dirty 30” by US intelligence officials. The “Dirty 30” included other members of bin Laden’s bodyguard unit, as well as Mohammed al Qahtani, the would-be 20th hijacker.

All of this information comes from a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment and other declassified documents that detailed Qosi’s extensive al Qaeda dossier. In the threat assessment dated Nov. 15, 2007, US intelligence analysts described Qosi as a “high” risk to the US and its allies.

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