Ex-Guantanamo detainee added to US terrorist list

Othman al-Gamdhi was publicly identified as AQAP`s operational commander in a May 2010 video in which he appears with the group`s military commander.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

Washington: A former Guantanamo detainee
has been added to a US list of "specially designated global
terrorists" as a top leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula, the State Department said on Thursday.

Othman al-Gamdhi, who was repatriated to Saudi Arabia
in 2006 and later disappeared, was publicly identified as
AQAP`s operational commander in a May 2010 video in which he
appears with the group`s military commander, it said.

"al-Gamdhi has been involved in raising funds for the
organisation`s operations and activities in Yemen," the State
Department said. "He has also worked with other AQAP members
to plan and stockpile weapons for future attacks."

He is the seventh AQAP member on the terrorist list,
which authorises action to block their assets.

The State Department said al-Gamdhi was also added to
a similar United Nations list requiring member states to
freeze assets, ban travel and prohibit arm sales to the listed
individuals and entities.

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