Obama, Holder have approved one of bin Laden’s bodyguards for release or transfer from Gitmo

September 24, 2012

President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have approved one of Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguards for release or transfer from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to another country, according to prison records released by WikiLeaks and a recently published list of approved-transfer detainees from the Justice Department.

Idris Ahmad Abdu Qadir Idris is the second name on Holder's Justice Department list of 55 Gitmo detainees approved for release or transfer. This detainee, according to a Jan. 26, 2008, Defense Department document published by WikiLeaks, provided security for bin Laden both before and after the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

"Detainee is assessed to be a member of al-Qaida and was identified as a bodyguard for Usama Bin Laden (UBL) beginning shortly before the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Detainee is also assessed to be an al-Qaida recruiter associated with a Salafist network in Yemen," the document reads. "Detainee transited through multiple extremist support guesthouses, received militant training at the al-Qaida al-Faruq Training Camp in Afghanistan (AF), and is assessed to have received advanced training."

"Detainee fled UBL's Tora Bora Mountain complex with a group of 30 fighters including other UBL bodyguards, collectively known as the Dirty 30," the document states. "Detainee's name was found on al-Qaida affiliated documents."

The Defense Department considers Idris a "high risk" if released from custody, meaning that he is "likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies."

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