Former Guantanamo detainee now top al-Qaeda ideologue

“He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.”

That’s just worked wonders. Gitmo Recidivism Update. “Former GITMO detainee now al-Qaida brass,” from United Press International, December 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) — A former Guantanamo Bay detainee released to Saudi Arabia in 2006 has become a top ideologue for al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula, an intelligence review said.

Pakistani officials captured Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish in 2001 and turned him over to U.S. officials who then sent him to the naval detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Rubaish while in U.S. custody at Guantanamo told his interrogators he received training at al-Farouq camp run by al-Qaida near Kandahar, Afghanistan, prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.

At some point, he escaped across the southern border of Saudi Arabia into Yemen and has now emerged as a top theologian for al-Qaida, the online Long War Journal reports.

His rank as a top ideologue in al-Qaida puts him in charge of countering the theological arguments from the Saudi regime and his statements have been used as justification to target top officials in Riyadh, the report adds.

Riyadh placed him on its list of most-wanted terrorists in February. Two of his associates were reportedly killed by Yemeni forces during their simmering battle with al-Houthi rebels in the north of the country.


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  1. says

    It seems that sometimes things do work out in the end. He may not of actually done well in the rehabilitation department but he has done a wonderful job of adjusting his focus. He did have plenty of time to read the Koran an think of ways to get to the root of the problem.

  2. says

    So, it looks like the Kool-Aid-and-cookies rehab treatment given Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish by the Saudis didn’t work out so well, eh? Is anyone here surprised? How many others are there just like him who have reverted to form once released from Gitmo?

  3. says

    “He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.”

    Isn’t that kind of like putting Nazis in charge of denazification?

  4. says

    All the Gitmo graduates go on to bigger and better things…

    With his further education at the Saudi rehabilitation center, al-Rubaish is well qualified for the top position…

    He is a role model for other Gitmo graduates to look up to…Return to jihad, but do it in style…We will get to see more Gitmo graduates in action when the NY trial of the 911
    ‘suspects’ begins…

  5. says

    This is a great success story. All sides know there is no rehabilitating a terrorist, one can only redirect their focus. After five years in the Gitmo program, he returns to SA focused entirely on Riyadh. If this is an intended effect of CIA re-programming they are doing a good job and I hope to see more Gitmo graduates following in his footsteps.