Karachi Six

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The Karachi Six were six men captured on September 11, 2002, in Karachi, Pakistan, by a mixed force of CIA and Pakistani security officials.[1] Initially US intelligence officials claimed that the men were al Qaeda members, plotting a future attack.

According to Courthouse News Service:

Though the United States initially suspected that the six were involved with an al-Qaida cell plotting a future attack, the case has failed to get off the ground for 14 years for lack of evidence. As documented in the detainee's unclassified profile, U.S. has tempered its claims about the Karachi 6 in recent years, describing them now as low-level al-Qaida fighters.[2]
individuals allegedly associated with the raid that apprehended the "Karachi Six"
image isn name notes
ISN x Hail Azziz Ahmed al-Maythali
  • Reported to act like a protective big brother to other captives.[2]
ISN x Bashir Nasir Ali al-Marwalah


ISN x Shawqi Awad Balzuhair


ISN x Ayub Murshid Ali Salih
00841 Hani Saleh Rashid Abdullah
ISN x [[]]

See also

  1. Hamza al Zubayr
  2. Mohammed Ahmad Ghulam Rabbani
  3. Ali Yahya Mahdi al Raimi
  4. Ali Ahmad Muhammad al Rahizi
  5. Said Salih Said Nashir
  6. Walid Said Bin Said Zaid
  7. Hassan Muhammad Salih Bin Attash


  1. Britain Eakin (2016-06-28). "Gitmo Board Hears of Lawyer & Detainee Bond". Courthouse News Service. http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/06/28/gitmo-board-hears-of-lawyer-detainee-bond.htm. Retrieved 2016-07-06. "Mussab al-Madhwani is part of a group known as the Karachi 6, named for the city in Pakistan where they were seized on Sept. 11, 2002." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Britain Eakin (2016-06-30). "Big-Brother Figure Makes Case for Gitmo Release". Courthouse News Service. http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/06/30/big-brother-figure-makes-case-for-gitmo-release.htm. Retrieved 2016-07-06. "Mussab al-Madhwani is part of a group known as the Karachi 6, named for the city in Pakistan where they were seized on Sept. 11, 2002." 
  3. {{cite news | url = http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/28/karachi-6-yemeni-faces-new-guantanamo-review.htm | title = 'Karachi 6' Yemeni Faces New Guantanamo Review | publisher = Courthouse News Service | date = 2016-04-28 | author = Britain Eakin | location = Washington, DC | quote = U.S. forces nabbed al-Marwalah, known as detainee YM-837, in Karachi, Pakistan, on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Seized with five other men during the raid, al-Marwalah is part of a group the United States has dubbed the Karachi Six, suspected then of involvement with an al-Qaida cell plotting a future attack. Today's periodic review board hearing revealed, however, that this claim about the men has since been tempered. | archiveurl = | archivedate = | accessdate = 2016-08-26 | deadurl = no |}
  4. {{cite news | url = http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/blog/35-year-old-karachi-six-detainee-receives-review-board-hearing | title = 35-Year-Old “Karachi Six” Detainee Receives Review Board Hearing | author = Katherine Cosgrove | date = 2016-05-31 | publisher = Human Rights First | archiveurl = | archivedate = | accessdate = 2016-08-26 | deadurl = no | quote = |}
  5. Adelma Jakupovic (2016-04-21). "The Guantanamo Review Board Holds Hearing for Another One of the “Karachi Six”". Human Rights First. http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/blog/guantanamo-review-board-holds-hearing-another-one-karachi-six. Retrieved 2016-08-26. "Although the government initially believed that Nashir, along with five other men who became known as the “Karachi Six,” were part of an al Qaeda operational cell designed to support future attacks, it acknowledges that they were likely part of a larger pool of fighters al Qaeda would use to carry out terrorist attacks." 
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