Doc: Who Is Abd al-Hadi (and Why Is He in Guantanamo)?


The Department of Defense announced today that a high-ranking al Qaeda official has been transferred from CIA custody to the detention center at Guantánamo Bay. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, who (as his name suggests) was born in Iraq but spent many years directing al Qaeda operations in Afghanistan, is said to have been a trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden.

The Pentagon also released a fact sheet (pdf) about al-Hadi's life and history as an alleged terrorist.