WikiLeaks revelations: Gitmo files contain information on ‘courier’

Published: May 4, 2011
Names of Abu Ahmad alKuwaiti and Abu Faraj alLibbi appear in the files. PHOTO: REUTERS

Names of Abu Ahmad alKuwaiti and Abu Faraj alLibbi appear in the files. PHOTO: REUTERS


By looking at the 763 assessments of Guantanamo detainees, a fair amount of information can be gathered on the ‘courier’ whose location led the US to Osama bin Laden.

The man has been identified as Abu Ahmad alKuwaiti by American television network CNN.

In one file, he is described as a “senior al Qaeda facilitator and subordinate of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad. AlKuwaiti worked in the al Qaeda media house operated by Mohammad in Kandahar and served as a courier”.

He was believed to have been seen in Tora Bora and may have accompanied Bin Laden in the area. According to al Qaeda facilitator Hassan Ghul, Abu Ahmad alKuwaiti, Hamza alGhamdi and Abd alRahman alMaghrebi travelled with Bin Laden.

It is now being touted that the intelligence gleaned from Guantanamo Bay detainees led the US to Bin Laden. Ayub Murshid alSalih, a Yemeni detainee, was identified as someone who could provide information on a man called Abu Ahmad, described as an al Qaeda recruiter.

More definite links are found in other documents. Mohammad’s nephew Ammar alBalochi used alKuwaiti as a courier to transfer money. His assessment file states that in late May or early June 2002, he passed approximately $17,241 from Abu Ahmad to Mohammad via a man called Maqsood Khan. Using al Qaeda operatives to pass on money was common within the organisation.

Indonesian detainee Riduan Bin Isomuddin also stayed at a guesthouse operated by alKuwaiti. According to the leaked files, Isomuddin and his wife fled Malaysia after the 2000 Christmas Eve bombings in Indonesia. He, like hundreds of other al Qaeda operatives, travelled to Kandahar via Karachi and then came back the same way in November 2001. It is stated that he stayed at the “Abu Ahmad alKuwaiti guesthouse for two weeks”.

Saudi detainee Maad alQahtani, who was supposed to be the 20th hijacker in the 9/11 plot but failed to gain entry to the US, was prepared by alKuwaiti for travel to the US. AlQahtani received “computer training” at Abu Shem’s house in Karachi in July 2001. Mohammad asked al Kuwaiti to teach alQahtani how to use email, since “when someone went on a mission, he would need to know how to send messages and e-mail was safer than talking on the phone”.

However, alKuwaiti told Mohammad that alQahtani was not very skilled when it came to using e-mail and it would be difficult for him to understand computers or the internet, even though alQahtani had reportedly attended a computer course in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammad had taken several operatives to Karachi in July 2001 for classes in English language and American culture to prepare for the Southeast Asia hijacking operation. The plot was scheduled to be executed simultaneously with 9/11.

It is unclear when alKuwaiti travelled to Karachi; however it was apparently a hub for key al Qaeda operatives. Noted journalist and author Robert Fisk wrote in The Independent this week that Bin Laden was “obsessed with Karachi.”

While alKuwaiti is widely believed to be the courier in Abbottabad, another messenger is also listed in the files. In July 2003, Abu Faraj alLibbi received a letter from Bin Laden’s designated courier, Maulawi Abd alKhaliq Jan, requesting alLibbi take on the responsibility of collecting donations, organising travel and distributing funds to families in Pakistan. Bin Laden stated that alLibbi would be the official messenger between Bin Laden and others in Pakistan. In mid-2003, alLibbi moved his family to Abbottabad and worked between Abbottabad and Peshawar.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • tanvir ahmed
    May 4, 2011 - 11:17AM

    these religous savages have widespread support amongst our population.they are regarded as hereos as our people continue to believe that killing non-muslims will get you 72 virgins,that treating women like animals is allowed in islam,that the murder of anyone who has stopped being muslim is justified,that paedophilia in the form of marriages with girl children is allowed.

    these are beliefs & values held dear by a vasat majority of our population,not only some fringe minority as our govt. wants the world to believe.we’ve seen with horror how the religious terrorists have launched propaganda campaigns in pakistan since the 80’s ,how the dars parties preaching intolerance,bigotry,glorification of violence in the name of jihad have spread like a cancer,how the insistence on following like braindead zombies religious rituals has reached epidemic proportions.

    vile,bigoted,hatefilled propagandists like farhat hashmi,ziad hamid,amir liaqut are regarded as role models by a young generation brought up on hate & bigotry.Recommend

  • aamir khalid
    May 4, 2011 - 11:20AM

    our people should realise that athiests,agnostics,hindus,christians,ahmadis have as much right to live & prosper in pakistan as the muslims’s time the persecution of athiests & ex-muslims stopped,you cant force at gun point or rather sword point people to remain muslims.Recommend

  • sharjeel bilal
    May 4, 2011 - 12:26PM

    A lot more of our religious savages deserve to be in gitmo.our own govt. is too cowardly to take them on,it surrendered shamefully before the religious terrorists after its own governor was brutally murdered by an islamic terrorist inspired by the sermons & speeches of various maulvis.but we still didn’t learn from this incident & our state & our media continue to support & make excuses for these people ,our tv anchors provide justifications,excuses,rationalisations for the hatefilled opinions & mentality of the religious terrorists.

    as long as our state continues to support & back these religious barbarians our country will continue to suffer.Recommend

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