Abu Yasir Al Jaza'iri

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Abu Yasir Al Jaza'iri is an alleged terrorist, captured as part of the War on Terror in Lahore on March 15, 2003, along with a Pakistani and three unnamed Afghans.[1][2][3][4] His capture was attributed to information from the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured a few weeks earlier. He was described as the seventh most important al Qaeda member. Initial press reports stated that FBI agents participated in the capture, but Pakistan's Information Minister disputed this, asserting the capture was solely the work of local officials.

Role in al Qaeda

MSNBC identified "Abu Yasir al Jaziri" as traveling as part of the entourage of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed al Qaeda's third in command.[5] MSNBC reported that he is an Algerian or Moroccan. MSNBC reported that he is either an al Qaeda security official or financial official.

The Sunday Mirror described him as "Osama's moneyman" and a "computer whiz", who was captured with two laptops.[1]

Guantanamo connections

The Summary of Evidence memo prepared for Guantanamo captive Ali Abdullah Ahmed's Combatant Status Review Tribunal on 1 November 2004, and the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his first annual Administrative Review Board, on 26 May 2005 alleged:[6][7]

The memo prepared for his second Administrative Review Board, on 8 March 2006 listed the following factor favoring Ali Abdullah Ahmed's release or transfer:[8]

The detainee denied ever knowing Abu Yasir or Abu Zabayda [sic]. The detainee denied ever being in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The detainee stated he went to Pakistan to study the Koran and was not involved with the Taliban or al Qaida. The detainee said he was innocent. The detainee denied ever having stayed at the Abu Suhaib.

Ali Abdullah Ahmed is one of the three Guantanamo captives who was reported to have committed suicide on June 10, 2006.

Current location

On September 6 2006 fourteen "high-value detainees" were transferred. from CIA custody in its network of clandestine overseas interrogation centers, to military custody in Guantanamo. United States President George W. Bush announced that, with this transfer, the CIA's network of interrogation centers had been emptied. However Abu Yasir Al Jaza'iri's name does not match any names on the list of CIA captives, or on the list of original Guantanamo captives.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Osama's moneyman arrested in Pakistan". Sunday Mirror. 2003-03-16. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_20030316/ai_n12862272. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  mirror
  2. "Progress in the war on terror: White House Fact Sheet, July 1, 2003". White House. July 1, 2003. http://www.defendamerica.mil/terrorism/waronterror.html. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  mirror
  3. K J M Varma (2003-03-16). "Key Al Qaeda operative held in Pakistan". rediff. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/mar/16pak.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  mirror
  4. "7th top Al-Qaida man held in Lahore". The Tribune of India. 2003-03-16. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030317/world.htm#8. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  mirror
  5. Robert Windrem (2005-05-04). "Who is Abu Farraj al-Libbi?". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7734991/. Retrieved 2008-07-25. "In early 2003, shortly after the capture of Mohammed, he was known to have been staying in Lahore with a Pakistani physician, who Pakistani officials arrested for harboring him and others. Among those who were known to have traveled with him then were Abu Yasir Al Jaziri, identified as an Algerian or Moroccan, Assadullah and Sheikh Said Al-Masri, both listed as Egyptians, all now known to have been security or financial officials in al-Qaida."  mirror
  6. OARDEC (26 May 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ahmed, Ali Abdullah". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 10–11. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_1_Factors_000595-000693.pdf#10. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. OARDEC (1 November 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Ahmed, Ali Abdullah". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 59–60. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/000500-000599.pdf#59. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  8. OARDEC (8 March 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ahmed, Ali Abdullah". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 52–53. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_2_Factors_700-798.pdf#52. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  9. "Off the Record: U.S. Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances in the “War on Terror”". Human Rights Watch. June 2007. http://hrw.org/backgrounder/usa/ct0607/2.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  mirror