Two Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Algeria
The Obama administration's statement on the transfer does not tell the American public what Algeria is doing with the two terrorists.
10:45 PM, Jan 21, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
This same memo noted that the IEDs were to be used against American forces in Afghanistan:
In addition to his involvement with this IED cell, Hamlili was allegedly responsible for two attacks on churches in Pakistan in 2002 and carried cash that was to be used to fund an attack on then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Again, according to a memo prepared at Gitmo:
During one hearing at Gitmo, Hamlili denied most of the allegations against him, claiming he was forced to make many admissions. But Hamlili did admit that he worked for the Taliban, and documents produced at Gitmo allege he worked as a translator for the Taliban’s Foreign Minister.
The Gitmo documents also allege that Hamlili assisted Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who would go on to lead al Qaeda in Iraq, when Zarqawi was in Afghanistan.
Are Zumiri and Hamlili in an Algerian prison? If so, they are likely pining for their days in Cuba. Algerian authorities are known to treat al Qaeda operatives in a manner that is especially harsh.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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