Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef fought for Osama Bin Laden
The US media is reporting that one of the two discharged Guantanamo prisoners who are currently in Ghana fought for the late terror king Osama Bid Laden.
Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby are being offered humanitarian assistance in Ghana.
“Bin Atef is an admitted member of the Taliban and fought for Usama bin Laden, while Al-Dhuby trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan,” the US-based FOX News reported.
According to a statement from Ghana’s foreign affairs ministry, the assistance being offered the ex-inmates is at the request of the US government.
Meanwhile, the US government has expressed its gratitude to the Government of Ghana for the gesture.
In a statement on its website, the US Department of Defense said it provided the necessary security assistance to Ghana in order to ensure a smooth transfer of the inmates.
“As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of those reviews, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Atef and Al-Dhuby were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” the statement said.
It added: “The US is grateful to the Government of Ghana 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 Ghana to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”