Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay
By January 2008 the Yemenis in Guantanamo represented the largest group of detainees. On March 12, 2008 Mark Falkoff of the Center for Constitutional Rights issued a call for the repatriation of the Yemeni detainees, reporting that 95 Yemenis remained in detention, and they now constituted more than a third of the detainee population. Falkoff wrote that the delay in his release is due to a failure of the USA and Yemeni governments to reach an agreement on the security arrangements for the detainees, following their repatriation. By contrast, almost all the 133 Saudi detainees in Guantanamo had been sent home in 2006 and 2007.
A delegation of Yemeni officials visited Guantanamo shortly after it opened in January 2002.
Impact of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempted suicide bombing
On December 25, 2009, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to set off a suicide bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. By December 27, 2009, responding to rumors that Abdulmutallab had confessed to being trained and equipped in Yemen, various American politicians, including Joe Lieberman, Pete Hoekstra, Peter T. King and Bennie Thompson, called for American President Barack Obama to halt plans to repatriate the Yemenis.
Several returned Yemeni detainees were charged and stood trial, following their repatriation. Yemen established a special Criminal Court for Terrorism where their trials took place.
On June 7, 2008 Yemen Online reported that several Yemeni detainees had recently been allowed to their first phone calls to their families. The article also reported that "informed sources" said Stephan Seche, the American ambassador had returned to the USA to brief the Bush Presidency on Yemen's rehabilitation program for repatriated detainees.
Secret terms in the US-Yemeni repatriation negotiations
Yemen recently had a change in administration. Officials of the new administration said, "Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then."
List of Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo
|00026||Fahed Abdullah Ahmad Ghazi|
|00027||Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman||2002-12-11||received habeas corpus|
|00028||Muaz Hamza Ahmad Al Alawi||2002-01-17|
|00029||Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Al Ansi||2002-01-16|
|00030||Ahmed Umar Abdullah al Hikimi||2002-01-16|
|00031||Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Abd Al Mujahid||2002-01-12|
|00032||Faruq Ali Ahmed||2002-01-11||2009-12-19|
|00033||Mohammed Ahmad Said Al Edah||2002-01-17|
|00034||Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammed Al Yafi||2002-01-17||2015-01-14||Transferred to Oman|
|00035||Idris Ahmed Abdu Qader Idris||2002-06-08||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00036||Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris||2002-01-11||2013-12-18|
|00037||Abd al Malik Abd al Wahab||2002-01-11|
|00039||Ali Hamza Ahmed Suleiman Al Bahlul||2002-01-11|
|00040||Abdel Qadir Hussein Al Mudhaffari||2002-01-14|
|00041||Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad||2002-01-17|
|00042||Samir Naji Al Hasan Moqbel||2002-01-11|
|00044||Mohammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim||2002-01-11|
|00045||Ali Ahmad Muhammad Al Rahizi||2002-01-11|
|00069||Sadeq Muhammad Sa'id Ismail||2007-06-18|
|00078||Mohammad Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Al Hanashi||2002-02-08||2009-06-01||Died in custody|
|00088||Waqas Mohammed Ali Awad||2002-01-20|
|00091||Abdul Al Saleh||2002-02-09|
|00115||Abdul Rahman Mohamed Saleh Naser||2002-06-12|
|00117||Muktar Yahya Najee Al Warafi||2002-05-01|
|00128||Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani||2002-01-17|
|00129||Toufiq Saber Muhammad Al Marwa'i||2002-06-12||2006-12-15|
|00131||Salem Ahmed Hadi||2002-01-20|
|00149||Salim Ahmed Hamdan||2002-05-01||2008-11-25|
|00152||Asim Thahit Abdullah Al Khalaqi||2002-01-17||2014-12-30|
|00153||Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman||2002-01-17|
|00156||Allal Ab Aljallil Abd Al Rahman Abd||2002-01-17||2012-09-10|
|00162||Ali Husayn Abdullah Al Tays||2002-02-09||2006-12-15|
|00163||Khalid Abd Jal Jabbar Muhammad Juthman Al Qadasi||2002-02-09|
|00165||Adil Said Al Haj Obeid Al Busayss||2002-01-17|
|00167||Ali Yahya Mahdi Al Raimi||2002-05-01|
|00170||Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Masud||2002-06-08||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00171||Abu Bakr Ibn Ali Muhhammad Alahdal||2002-01-14|
|00172||Ali Muhammed Nasir||2002-01-14||2007-09-28|
|00178||Tarek Ali Abdullah Ahmed Baada||2002-02-09|
|00183||Issam Hamid Al Bin Ali Al Jayfi||2002-01-17||2006-12-15|
|00193||Muhsin Muhammad Musheen Moqbill||2002-05-03||2006-12-15|
|00198||Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Asadi||2002-05-01||2006-12-15|
|00202||Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef||2002-02-07|
|00204||Said Ibrahim Ramzi Al Zahrani||2002-01-20||2007-07-15|
|00205||Nasser Najiri Amtiri||2002-02-07||2005-01-16|
|00221||Ali Mohsen Salih||2002-02-11||2007-06-18|
|00223||Abdul Rahman Abdul Abu Ghiyth Sulayman||2002-02-11|
|00224||Abd Al Rahman Abdullah Ali Muhammad||2002-02-09||2015-01-14||Transferred to Oman|
|00225||Hani Abdul Muslih Al Shulan||2002-02-09||2007-06-18|
|00233||Abdul Al Razzaq Muhammad Salih||2002-02-11|
|00235||Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh||2002-02-11|
|00249||Mohammed Abdullah Al Hamiri|
|00251||Muhhammad Said Bin Salem||2002-02-07|
|00252||Yasim Muhammed Basardah||2002-02-12||2010-05-04|
|00254||Muhammad Ali Hussein Khenaina||2002-06-08||2014-12-30|
|00255||Said Muhammed Salih Hatim||2002-06-12|
|00256||Atag Ali Abdoh Al-Haj||2002-06-12||2009-12-19|
|00259||Fadil Husayn Salih Hintif||2002-02-09||2015-01-14||Transferred to Oman|
|00321||Ahmed Yaslam Said Kuman||2002-05-03|
|00324||Mashur Abdallah Muqbil Ahmed Al Sabri||2002-05-01|
|00434||Mustafa Abdul Qawi Abdul Aziz Al Shamyri||2002-06-12|
|00440||Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir||2002-05-01|
|00441||Abdul Al Rahman Al Zahri||2002-02-09|
|00461||Abdul Rahman Umir Al Qyati||2002-05-03|
|00498||Mohammed Ahmed Said Haidel||2002-05-03|
|00503||Saleh Mohamed Al Zuba||2002-06-08||2006-12-15|
|00506||Khalid Mohammed Salih Al Dhuby||2002-05-05||2014-11-20|
|00508||Salman Yahya Hassan Mohammed Rabeii||2002-05-01|
|00509||Mohammed Nasir Yahya Khusruf||2002-05-03|
|00511||Sulaiman Awath Sulaiman Bin Ageel Al Nahdi||2002-05-05|
|00522||Yasin Qasem Muhammad Ismail||2002-05-01|
|00549||Omar Said Salim Al Dayi||2002-02-15|
|00553||Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani||2002-05-01||2014-11-20|
|00554||Fahmi Salem Said Al Sani||2002-02-15|
|00564||Jalal Salam Bin Amer||2002-06-14||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00569||Zuhail Abdo Anam Said Al Sharabi||2002-05-05|
|00570||Sabri Mohammed Ebrahim Al Qurashi||2002-05-05||2014-12-30|
|00574||Hamoud Abdullah Hamoud Hassan Al Wady||2002-06-08||2013-12-16|
|00575||Saad Masir Mukbl Al Azani||2002-06-18||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00576||Zahar Omar Hamis Bin Hamdoun||2002-05-05|
|00577||Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mar'i||2002-05-01||2009-12-19|
|00578||Abdul Aziz Abdullah Ali Al Suadi||2002-05-03|
|00586||Karam Khamis Sayd Khamsan||2002-05-01||2005-08-19|
|00627||Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi||2002-05-01||2009-12-19|
|00678||Fawaz Naman Hamoud Abdallah Mahdi||2002-06-18||2007-06-18|
|00679||Mohmmad Ahmad Ali Tahar||2002-06-14||2009-12-19|
|00680||Emad Abdalla Hassan||2002-06-18||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00681||Mohammed Mohammed Hassen||2002-06-18||2010-07-13||received habeas corpus|
|00683||Fayad Yahya Ahmed||2002-06-18||2009-12-19|
|00686||Abdel Ghalib Ahmad Hakim||2002-06-18||2014-11-20|
|00688||Fahmi Abdullah Ahmed||2002-06-18|
|00689||Mohammed Ahmed Salam||2002-06-18||2015-01-14||Transferred to Oman|
|00690||Ahmed Abdul Qader||2002-06-18||2015-01-14||Transferred to Estonia|
|00691||Mohammed Ali Salem Al Zarnuki||2002-06-18||2015-06-13||Transferred to Oman|
|00692||Ali Bin Ali Aleh||2002-06-18||2009-09-26|
|00693||Ali Abdullah Ahmed||2002-06-18||2006-06-10||Died in custody|
|00728||Jamil Ahmed Said Nassir||2002-08-05|
|00836||Ayoub Murshid Ali Saleh||2002-10-28|
|00837||Bashir Nashir Al-Marwalah||2002-10-28|
|00838||Shawki Awad Balzuhair||2002-10-28|
|00839||Musab Omar Ali Al Mudwani||2002-10-28|
|00840||Ha Il Aziz Ahmed Al Maythali||2002-10-28|
|00841||Sa id Salih Sa id Nashir||2002-10-28|
|01014||Walid Mohammed Shahir||2003-05-09||2004-03-31|
|01015||Hussein Salem Mohammed||2003-05-09||2014-11-20|
|01017||Omar Mohammed Ali Al Rammah||2003-05-09|
|01453||Sanad Ali Yislam Al-Kazimi||2004-09-20|
|01456||Hassan Mohammed Ali Bin Attash||2004-09-20|
|01457||Al Hajj Abdu Ali Sharqawi||2004-09-20|
|01463||Abdul Al Salam Al Hilal||2004-09-20|
|10013||Ramzi bin al-Shibh||2006-09-05|
|10014||Walid bin 'Attash||2006-09-05|
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- Michael Melia (January 11, 2008). "Yemenis now biggest group at Guantanamo". San Jose Mercury. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- Mark Falkoff (March 12, 2008). "Guantánamo Attorneys Say Detainees Will Not Be Tortured If Returned to Yemen". Center for Constitutional Rights. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- "Yemen to Inspect Condition of 21 Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo". Yemen Times. 3 February 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-05.[dead link]
- "Following Path of Least Resistance, Terrorists Turn Yemen Into Poor Man's Afghanistan". Fox News. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27.
'They should stay there. They should not go back to Yemen,' Hoekstra said. 'If they go back to Yemen, we will very soon find them back on the battlefield going after Americans and other western interests.'
- Sudeep Reddy (2009-12-27). "Lawmakers Focus on Yemen in Wake of Attempted Bombing". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27.
The 23-year-old suspect in the botched attack, Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab of Nigeria, allegedly told U.S. officials that he received his explosive device in Yemen and learned to use it there.
- "Lieberman: The United States Must Pre-Emptively Act In Yemen". Huffington Post. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27.
In his appearance on 'Fox News Sunday', Lieberman also argued that the botched attack should compel the Obama administration to abandon efforts to transfer suspected-terrorists out of the holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, saying that the complex is now well above international standards.
- "Gitmo transfer to Yemen in doubt". United Press International. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27.
'I'd, at a minimum, say that whatever we were about to do we'd at least have to scrub (those plans) again from top to bottom,' said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
- Josh Gerstein (2009-12-27). "Bomb plot complicates Gitmo plan". Politico. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28.
'Yesterday just highlights the fact that sending this many people back—or any people back—to Yemen right now is a really bad idea,' said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. 'It's just dumb….If you made a list of what the three dumbest countries would be to send people back to, Yemen would be on all the lists.'
- "Yemen to try fighters coming from Iraq, ex-Guantanamo prisoners". Kuwaiti News Agency. January 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-09.[dead link]
- Mohammed Al-Qadhi (June 21, 2004). "Advocates quit again: Court bans publishing hearings of 15 al-Qaeda suspects' tribunal, military trial proceedings claimed". Yemen Times. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- "Gitmo stalemate for Yemeni detainees: Home country refuses to lock them up; detention center enters 7th year". MSNBC. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- Kathy Gannon (July 4, 2007). "Yemen Employs New Terror Approach". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
There are more men from Yemen held at Guantanamo Bay than from any other country.
- Andrew Mc Gregor (May 10, 2007). "Yemen and the U.S.: Different Approaches to the War on Terrorism" 5 (9). Global Terrorism Analysis. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "U.S. intends to hand over 70 Yemeni Guantanamo detainees". Al Sahwa Net. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Yemen plans rehabilitation program for Guantanamo returnees". Yemen Online. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- "Yemen refuses extraditing Guantanamo detainees to third state". Yemen Post. 2012-11-13. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13.
"Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then," the US officials told Hadi.
- "Five Guantanamo Yemeni inmates sent to Oman and Estonia". BBC News. 2015-01-14. Archived from the original on 2015-01-15.
The five men - in their 30s and 40s - were cleared for release since at least 2009, but US officials ruled out their return to Yemen, where the government is battling al-Qaeda rebels.
- Margot Williams. "Guantanamo timeline 2015". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-01-15.
- "IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Release No: NR-235-15, June 13, 2015, Detainee Transfer Announced". United States Department of Defense. 2015-06-13. Archived from the original on 2015-06-13.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Oman to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.
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- Fahed Abdullah Ahmad Ghazi's (a.k.a. Fahd Ghazy) Guantanamo detainee assessment via Wikileaks
- Yemenis cleared for release held in Guantanamo for years May 2011