Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad

From WikiAlpha
Revision as of 19:00, 22 July 2014 by Geo Swan (Talk | contribs) (more details)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad
Born 1975
Nationality Jordan
Other names
  • Wissam Abdul Ahmad
  • Wassam al-Ourdoni
Citizenship Jordan
Occupation haberdasher, imam
Known for Held in extrajudicial detention in Guantanamo
Spouse yes
Children yes

Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad is a citizen of Jordan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number is 1018. Intelligence analysts estimate he was born in 1976 in Al-Zarqa, Jordan.

According to a formerly secret documents, published by the Whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, on April 25, 2011, Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts concluded that he was "not an enemy combatant".[2] Historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, called this determination "almost unprecedented".

Personal life

Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad was repatriated without ever been charged on 31 March 2004.[3][4]

McClatchy interview

The McClatchy News Service interviewed 66 former Guantanamo captives in 2008, including Wissasm Abdul Ahmad.[5][6][7][8][9][10] He told McClatchy reporters he was first detained by Iranian authorities in a routine identity check at a bus-stop in the border city of Zahedan. Iranian authorities held him for approximately a month, prior to sending him to Afghanistan.

The first prison he was held in was staffed by Afghans, but Americans ran the interrogation.[5] Wissam described over-crowded conditions where he and other captives were subjected to brutal beating by both Afghan guards and their American masters. He believed he was in CIA custody. Amnesty reports that Ahmed was captured in March 2002, and held for fourteen months in an underground prison.[11] Amnesty has tried to interview Ahmad, without success, and believes he is in an unknown Jordanian prison on unknown charges.

Eventually he was transferred to the Bagram Theater Internment Facility.[5] He believed his transfer was in early 2003. While in Bagram he described being subjected to sleep deprivation, and spent several days with his hands chained above his head—but without the peroneal strikes that GIs had used to murder fellow captives Dilawar and Habibullah.

Wissam acknowledged traveling on a Tablighi Jamaat pilgrimage in Pakistan and was returning to Jordan when he was detained.[5] Guantanamo analysts have offered ties to the Tablighi movement as a justification for holding dozens of captives—have made the general claim that real terrorists have claimed to travel on Tabligh pilgrimages as a cover story for travels for terrorist purposes.

The McClatchy report stated that they were able to interview Wissam in late 2007, but when they returned to interview him in April 2008 Jordanian authorities had detained for unknown reasons, and without charge.[5]

Wissam had been serving as an imam when they first interviewed him.[5]

Formerly secret Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment

On April 25, 2011, whistleblower organization WikiLeaks published formerly secret assessments drafted by Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts.[12][13][14]

See also


  1. "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. Andy Worthington (2011-08-26). "WikiLeaks and the Guantánamo Prisoners Released from 2002 to 2004 (Part Ten of Ten) - See more at: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/08/26/wikileaks-and-the-guantanamo-prisoners-released-from-2002-to-2004-part-ten-of-ten/". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. https://web.archive.org/web/20140708021617/http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/08/26/wikileaks-and-the-guantanamo-prisoners-released-from-2002-to-2004-part-ten-of-ten/. Retrieved 2014-07-22. "This is notable for two reasons: firstly, because it is only the third mention I have seen of the existence of a Department of Defense Detainee Assessment Team responsible for processing the prisoners for release; and secondly, because it is almost unprecedented for a prisoner to be designated as “not an enemy combatant.”" 
  3. "Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad – The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/1018-osam-abdul-rahan-ahmad. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  4. OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/09-F-0031_doc1.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Tom Lasseter. "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Wissam Abdul Ahmad". McClatchy News Service. http://detainees.mcclatchydc.com/detainees/50. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  mirror
  6. Tom Lasseter (June 18, 2008). "U.S. hasn't apologized to or compensated ex-detainees". Myrtle Beach Sun. http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/611/story/491372.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  mirror
  7. Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Pentagon declined to answer questions about detainees". McClatchy News Service. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/38771.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20.  mirror
  8. Tom Lasseter (June 16, 2008). "Documents undercut Pentagon's denial of routine abuse". McClatchy News Service. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/38776.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20.  mirror
  9. Tom Lasseter (June 19, 2008). "Deck stacked against detainees in legal proceedings". McClatchy News Service. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/38887.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20.  mirror
  10. Tom Lasseter (June 16, 2008). "U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases". McClatchy News Service. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/38775.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20.  mirror
  11. Guantánamo: Lives torn apart – The impact of indefinite detention on detainees and their families, Amnesty International, February 6, 2006
  12. Christopher Hope, Robert Winnett, Holly Watt, Heidi Blake (2011-04-27). "WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Bay terrorist secrets revealed -- Guantanamo Bay has been used to incarcerate dozens of terrorists who have admitted plotting terrifying attacks against the West – while imprisoning more than 150 totally innocent people, top-secret files disclose". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8471907/WikiLeaks-Guantanamo-Bay-terrorist-secrets-revealed.html. Retrieved 2012-07-13. "The Daily Telegraph, along with other newspapers including The Washington Post, today exposes America’s own analysis of almost ten years of controversial interrogations on the world’s most dangerous terrorists. This newspaper has been shown thousands of pages of top-secret files obtained by the WikiLeaks website." 
  13. "WikiLeaks: The Guantánamo files database". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/guantanamo-bay-wikileaks-files/8476672/WikiLeaks-The-Guantanamo-files-database.html. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  14. "Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad: Guantanamo Bay detainee file on Osam Abdul Rahan Ahmad, US9JO-001018DP, passed to the Telegraph by Wikileaks". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/guantanamo-bay-wikileaks-files/8477114/Guantanamo-Bay-detainee-file-on-Osam-Abdul-Rahan-Ahmad-US9JO-001018DP.html. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

External links