– ABD AL-RAHIM AL-NASHIRI
After the war in Afghanistan ended in 1988, Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri, using many aliases, continued to travel in Central Asia, in the former Russian republics, mainly in Tajikistan. In 1996 Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri met in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, with Osama Bin Laden and they kept in contact. In 1998 Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri joined Al Qaeda officially.
In the years 1996-1998 Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri developed a small network of his own that smuggled weapons to Saudi Arabia and supplied forged documents to Yemenites who wanted to join the Taliban in Afghanistan. His cousin Azzam (his full name was, probably, Jihad Mohammad Ali al-Makki ) was the suicide bomber at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, on 08/07/1998. Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri himself participated with the Taliban in the ongoing fighting agaist the “Northern Alliance” in Afghanistan.
In 1998 Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri, finally, joined Al Qaeda and reported directly to Osama Bin Laden. He, with Tawfiq bin Attash, were the first to conceive a plot to attack a USA vessel using a boat full of explosives. Osama Bin Laden personally approved the plan and provided money for it. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri recruited to the mission his associates and connections from Yemen. The first attempted attack on USS The Sullivans on 01/03/2000, in the YEMEN MILLENNIUM plot, failed when the boat was overloaded and sank. Surprisingly Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiris’ network was not exposed and continued to function and to carry out a similar attack, ten months later, on the USS Cole on 10/12/2000.
Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri became, after the USS Cole attack, the natural operation chief of Al Qaeda in the entire Arab peninsula. From Kuwait and the UAE he arranged a third explosives boat attack in Yemen, on the French tanker – the Limburg Attack on 10/06/2002.
The use of cell phones and internet communication in order to coordinate, in remote control, the Limburg attack enabled the American CIA to trace him in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri was arrested in 11/2002 – about a month after the Limburg attack.
Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri was held and interrogated for few months in a secret CIA detention center, (probably al-Jaafar prison in the JORDANIAN desert) and is today (07/2007) in captivity in Guantanamo Bay. He was sentenced to death in absentia in Yemen for his role in the USS Cole attack.
On Thursday 02/05/2009, due to a direct order of the new USA President Barack Obama to close down Guantanamo, all charges against Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri were dropped in the military procedure. He is supposed to face charges in a more transparent legal system.
* Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri will, ebentually, face a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, US defence officials have said on Wednesday 09/28/2011.
* Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri, indeed, appeared first time in any American judicial system, In a top-security courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay US naval base in Cuba, on Thursday 11/10/2011. He postponed entering a plea and waived the reading of war crimes charges that include murder, attempted murder, conspiring to commit terrorism and attacking civilians.
* In a pretrial hearing for suspected Al Qaeda bomber Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri at the Guantanamo war crimes court on Tuesday 01/17/2012, ,the Guantanamo commander, Rear Admiral David Woods, testified that a copy of an Al Qaeda-linked INSPIRE MAGAZINE was delivered to the Guantanamo detention camp for suspected terrorists, a military prosecutor revealed on Wednesday during a courtroom discussion of mail security.
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