Senior al Qaeda member put ‘jihad over sex’!

One of al Qaeda’s most senior members took injections “to promote impotence”.

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 13:39 PM IST

Washington: One of al Qaeda’s most senior members held at Guantanamo, who used to directly report to Osama bin Laden, took injections “to promote impotence” and to avoid being “distracted” by women.

Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammad Abdah al-Nashiri received the injections “so more time could be spent on jihad – rather than being distracted by women”.

“Detainee is so dedicated to jihad that he reportedly received injections to promote impotence and recommended the injections to others,” The Telegraph quoted investigators as saying.

Al-Nashiri was allegedly “the senior operative” in the attack on the United States Navy destroyer ‘USS Cole’ in October 2000, in which 17 American sailors were killed in a Yemeni port, and dozens of others were injured.

The jihadist is described as “one of al Qaeda’s most skilled and capable operational coordinators” and was also accused of planning the suicide attack that had damaged a French oil tanker ‘MV Limburg’ in 2002.

The paper quoted the interrogators as saying that these attacks were allegedly ordered by Osama bin Laden.

Al-Nashiri was “linked to as many as a dozen plots to attack US and Western interests” and his cell “was responsible for conducting suicide and sabotage operations outside Afghanistan”.

He was finally captured in the United Arab Emirates in November 2002, and was transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006, suggesting that he spent a significant amount of time in the CIA secret prison network.