A senior al Qaeda operative close to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden confessed to war crimes against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan nearly two decades ago.
Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, imprisoned for more than 15 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, confessed to conspiracy and other violations of international law of war as al-Qaeda’s commander in the early years of the US-led conflict in Afghanistan.
The United States says the Iraqi citizen was a senior figure in the terrorist organization from the mid-1990s, leading training camps for operatives in the years leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
When the United States invaded Afghanistan, Hadi al-Iraqi helped al Qaeda carry out deadly attacks against the Americans and their allies, as well as civilians in the country and in Pakistan.
He also helped in the destruction of the giant, 6Th According to a military charge sheet, the century-old sandstone Buddha statues were erected on a rock in Bamyan Province in March 2001 because the group found the structures offensive to their view of Islam.
Hadi al-Iraqi was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2007 after being arrested a year ago and formally charged in 2014 before a military commission.
He was in regular contact with Osama bin Laden. According to the Department of Defense It will also liaise with the Taliban to target US forces.
Hadi al-Iraqi, who is about 60 years old and says his real name is Nishwan al-Tamir, will eventually be sent to a third country under the petition agreement. He was sentenced to life in prison, but is expected to be released from the detention center after receiving further medical treatment for a deteriorating spinal condition that left him partially paralyzed.
Hadi al-Iraqi was found by the guards in his cell in 2017 as partially disabled and out of control. According to the New York Times. According to the Times, the guards bring him to the court in a wheelchair, and if the prisoner falls asleep with painkillers, wheels are placed on the hospital bed.
Wearing a traditional skull cap and with a long gray beard, Hadi al-Iraqi responded to a military judge on Monday with “yes sir” and “yes, your honor”. According to the Associated Press, Who watched the hearing from a video feed in Fort Mead, Maryland.
Hadi al-Iraqi’s case took a long time because of his poor health and other legal and logistical issues.
This is the first petition signed by President Joe Biden since taking office. There are still 37 detainees at Guantanamo Bay as the administration seeks to reduce the number of detainees and close the base.
Five detainees accused of aiding the 9/11 attacks are being held there and are facing the death penalty in their operation.
Post with wires