Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abdullah, Yusef K (2006-02-12)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
12 February 2006



(U) An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.


(U) The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.


(U) The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. (U) Commitment
  1. The Detainee attended Friday prayer at the Ali Shauk mosque shortly after the Taliban had destroyed the Buddha statues in Afghanistan. The Imam began to preach about the jihad in Afghanistan and the recent destruction of the Buddha statues. The Imam supported the actions of the Taliban and encouraged the congregation to travel to Afghanistan to participate in jihad.
  2. After hearing the talks that supported the Taliban as well as persuasion by his brother, the Detainee agreed to travel and fight in Afghanistan. The Detainee stated that it was his duty to travel to Afghanistan and fight with the Taliban forces who were fighting against the Northern Alliance.
  3. According to the Detainee , religious fatwas helped to fuel his interest in going to Afghanistan.
  4. The Detainee identified the following route of travel to Afghanistan: he flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, then to Doha, Qatar, and finally to Karachi, Pakistan. Upon arrival in Karachi the Detainee stayed at the El Haram Hotel.
  5. The Detainee was instructed by his brother to leave Karachi and go to the Daftar Taliban in Quetta, Pakistan.
  6. The Detainee traveled by bus to Quetta, Pakistan. Upon arrival at Quetta, he went to the Taliban Building and then traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan. Upon his arrival in Kabul, the Detainee took a taxi to Dar El Aman, which was identified as the house of security.
  7. The Detainee was united with his brother after the Detainee arrived in Kabul.
  8. The Detainee stated that once he and his brother entered Afghanistan, they stopped in Kandahar at an unknown Taliban guesthouse. The Detainee and his brother then traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan. The Detainee and an al Qaida operative then traveled to the Malek center in Kabul.
  9. The Detainee stated that after spending some time in Kabul , Afghanistan, he and his brother took a flight to Konduz, Afghanistan.
  10. According to the Detainee, after arriving in Konduz, Afghanistan, he and his brother rode in a truck to Taloqan, Afghanistan.
  11. The Detainee and his brother stayed outside of the Malek center before their training began.
  12. According to the Detainee, the Malek center is used to support Taliban fighters by training foreign fighters in basic riflemanship. The center also provides Taliban fighters who return from the front lines with a place to rest and relax.
b. (U) Training
The Detainee stated that upon his arrival to the Kwahjaghar area of operation, Afghanistan, he met a Yemeni individual. While in the rear area of Kwahjaghar, the Detainee trained with his brother in the use of hand grenades. After training, both the Detainee and his brother were sent to the front lines of Kwahjaghar.
c. (U) Connections/Associations
  1. The Detainee's older brother left Ta'if, Saudi Arabia to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and called the Detainee a few times from Kabul, Afghanistan to convince him to go to Afghanistan. The Detainee did not want to go at that time.
  2. The Detainee stated that one of his brothers advised him how to travel to Afghanistan.
  3. The Detainee stated that he received some money from one of his older brothers who was not aware that the money would be used to finance the Detainee's travel to and fighting in Afghanistan.
  4. The Detainee was stationed with his brother on the front lines of Kwahjaghar at a Taliban position known as Tamim center.
d. (U) Intent
e. (U) Other Relevant Data
  1. The Detainee and his brother were at Kwahjaghar with other Arabs.
  2. The Detainee has identified the person in charge of the group of Arabs as Abd Al Salam Al Hudrami.
  3. The Detainee and his brother were positioned in the village when the bombing campaign began. Shortly thereafter, the Detainee and his brother elected to depart Afghanistan, but Hudrami said that they were unable to leave because the Afghanistan borders were closed.
  4. Hudrami was killed during the bombing campaign. Abd Gharib was in charge when the group of Arabs was told to withdraw.
  5. The Detainee and the group of Arabs traveled from Kwahjaghar to Konduz, Afghanistan. They were told that the area had fallen and that they must travel to Kandahar, Afghanistan. The group traveled through Mazar-E Sharif on their way to Kandahar.
  6. The Detainee and the group surrendered their weapons at Mazar-E Sharif and were then taken to a castle called Jenki and placed in a prison.
  7. The Detainee stated there was an explosion and an eruption of gunfire at Jenki during which time he received a gunshot wound to the abdominal area and was rendered unconscious. The Detainee's brother was killed in the prison.
4. (U) The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
  1. The Detainee has denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001.
  2. The Detainee has denied knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.
  3. The Detainee denied any personal knowledge of planning of internal uprisings at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
  4. The Detainee had no knowledge of al Qaida recruiting for the Taliban in Saudi Arabia.
  5. The Detainee has stated that if released, he would like to return to Taif, Saudi Arabia where he would attempt to go to college and continue his education.
  6. The Detainee claims that he was never associated with al Qaida.
  7. The Detainee claims he had no real knowledge of the cause of the Taliban or the socioeconomic, political, or religious conditions in Afghanistan. The Detainee simply wanted to be with his brother.
  8. The Detainee stated that he decided to join his brother in Afghanistan due to their closeness rather than a real desire to participate in jihad.

(U) You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.