What We Know So Far About The Ex-detainees Of Guantamo Bay Now In Ghana


Ghana has taken in two ex-detainees of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on humanitarian grounds. The detainees who are originally from Yemen could not return to their countries because of the conflict in their country, as such they will stay in Ghana as refugees for two years. The New York Times has since published a docket believed to be signed by Harry B. Harris,Jr, a Rear Admiral of the US Navy on one of the ex-detainees called Khalid Mohammed Salih al Dhuby.


  • Mahmud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef, is 36-year-old and a one-time fighter for Osama Bin Laden
  • He is assessed to be a fighter in the Osama Bin Laden’s former 55th Arab Brigade and is an admitted member of the Taliban.
  • He participated in hostilities against US and Coalition forces and continues to demonstrate his support of  extremism.
  •  He accepted recruitment and facilitation from a known al-Qaeda member in Saudi Arabia, and acknowledged traveling to Afghanistan to participate in Jihadist combat.
  • He’s assessed to have stayed at al-Qaida and Taliban Guest Houses and admitted receiving militant training at the al-Qaida al-Faruq Training Camp.
  • Detainees name was found on an al-Quaida affiliated document, and he has threatened to kill US citizens on multiple occasions including a specific threat to cut their throats upon his release.
  • JTF-GTMO determined the detainee to be “a high-risk, as he is likely to post a threat to the US, its interests, allies, a high threat from a detention perspective and of medium intelligence value.

The second Ex-Guantamo prisoner also transferred to Ghana on January 6, is 34 year old Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, who according to 2006 documents on the New York Times website, lived his entire life in Saudi Arabia, although he claimed Yemeni citizenship.


  • While studying at the Haram al-Makki Mosque, he met Abu Ali al-Yati who showed him videos of fighting and training in Chechnya.Al-Yati convinced Khalid that the Koran stated all Muslims must know how to fight; thus became excited at the prospect, and decided to travel to Afghanistan for training.
  • Al-Yafi facilitated Khalid’s travel, including flight arrangements and funds. In August 2001, he began six weeks of training under the tutelage of an al-Qaeda trainer.
  • The training consisted of familiarization with pistols, heavy machine gun, rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and hand-to-hand combat techniques. When he was later arrested by the US he denied awareness some of the people he has been dealing with who are connected to Osama Bin Laden.


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