Abdurahman Khadr

Abdurahman Khadr

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subject_name = Abdurahman Khadr

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image_caption = Abdurahman, behind his brother Abdullah
date_of_birth = 1982
place_of_birth = Manama, Bahrain
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detained_at = Guantanamo
id_number = 990 [http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf list of prisoners (.pdf)] , "US Department of Defense", May 15, 2006]
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status = Released, living in Canada
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parents = Ahmed Said Khadr
Maha Elsamnah
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Abdurahman Khadr (b. 1982) is the third child of the Canadian Khadr family, and was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba, after being detained in Afghanistan under suspicion of connections to al-Qaida. He later claimed to have been an informant for the CIA.

Abdurahman Khadr is listed as Abdul Khadr on the Department of Defense's official list of Guantanamo detainees. His younger brother Omar Khadr, captured separately, during a firefight, remains in Guantanamo. He and his family were profiled in the documentary Son of al Qaeda.

Early life

Abdurahman Khadr was born in Bahrain, the son of Ahmed Said Khadr, an Egyptian immigrant to Canada. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/khadr/ CBC: The Khadrs] , "CBC", March 4, 2004] His father visited Pakistan after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the early 1980s, and brought his family to Pakistan in 1985.

In his youth, Khadr was known as the "problem child" in the family, frequently running away and getting in trouble, refusing to follow any rules.Michelle Shephard, "Guantanamo's Child", 2008.] In 1994, he was sent to Khalden training camp along with his brother Abdullah, where he was given the alias "Osama". The two brothers fought constantly at the camp, one day their argument became so heated that Abdullah pointed his AK-47 and Abdurahman his PPK handgun, at each other screaming, before a trainer stepped between them.Nasiri, Omar, , 2006] In 1997, a dispute between the brothers was mediated by Abu Laith al-Libi, who earned their confidence and respect telling them about Dubai and Ferarris, later described as "really cool" by Abdurahman.

While the family was living in Nazim Jihad with Osama bin Laden's family in 1998, Abdurahman became close friends with Abdulrahman bin Laden who was close to his age, and the only child in the group to have his own horse,Wright, Lawrence, "The Looming Tower", 2006] although Abdurahman successfully petitioned his own father to buy him a horse. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/khadr/ "Son of Al Qaeda" PBS documentary on Abdurahman Khadr] ] Once, when the two horses fought, bin Laden pointed a gun at Khadr, yelling at him to stop the fight before his prized Arabian horse was killed. When the family was leaving the compound, Abdurahman and Abdullah fought over seating in the car, and the fight ended with the older Khadr chasing his brother around the car with an AK-47 screaming. Their mother ended up asking bin Laden if he could please take care of the troublesome Abdurahman since "she could not control him", and he begrudgingly agreed to look after the youth until their father returned. However, the next day bin Laden informed Abdurahman that it wouldn't work, and he asked Saif al-Adel to take the 16-year old to the bus station so he could catch up with his family en route back to Peshawar.

The following year, Abdurahman says he was sent to Jihad Wel al-Farouq for seven days.Testimony of Abdurahman Khadr as a witness in the trial against Charkaoui, July 13, 2004] On August 20 1998, Al Farouq training camp was bombed by American cruise missiles; andAmr Hamed was blown to pieces; although Abdurahman identified a distinctive birthmark on his toe; and for the first time, felt hatred for Americans.

Arrest and release

In November 2001, he was captured by the Northern Alliance in Kabul and handed over to American authorities. [Krauss, Clifford. New York Times, [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0DE2D71E31F937A2575AC0A9649C8B63 Canadian Teenager Held by U.S. in Afghanistan in Killing of American Medic] , September 14 2002] He later claimed to have been captured several other times, and released each time.

At this point, stories begin to diverge. Khadr claims he lived for nine months in a CIA safe house near the American Embassy in Kabul, and worked abroad as an informant. But other sources say he was taken to Guantanamo Bay on March 21 2002. [Toronto Star, " [http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035780858228&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154 Toronto's link to terrorism grows] ", April 2003] .

The CIA reportedly offered him a contract in March 2003 and asked him to work as an infiltrator for American intelligence in Guantanamo, being paid $5,000 and a monthly stipend of $3000. [New York Times, [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E0DC1239F932A15755C0A9629C8B63&scp=15&sq=khadr&st=nyt Guantánamo Memories, From Outside the Wire] , June 21, 2004] While in Cuba, Khadr worked to obtain information from his fellow inmates before spending five additional months at the Camp X-Ray prison, where he claims to have been given training as an undercover CIA operative.

Although the United States later said that Khadr had been removed from the camp in July 2003, an October 9 memo summarizing a meeting between General Geoffrey Miller and his staff and Vincent Cassard of the ICRC, acknowledged that camp authorities were not permitting the ICRC to have access to Khadr, and three other detainees, due to "military necessity". [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/GitmoMemo10-09-03.pdf ICRC Meeting with MG Miller on 09 Oct 2003 (.pdf)] , "Department of Defense", October 9, 2003]

He says he was later given a bogus passport and boarded a Gulfstream jet assigned to CIA Director George Tenet and, after a stop-over in Portugal, landed in Bosnia where he was asked to conduct a spy operation at mosques in Sarajevo. [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061204.FLIGHT04/TPStory/National EU official debriefs Khadr about CIA flight: MP probing agency's rendition trips, including ex-detainee's travel in Europe] , "Globe and Mail", December 4, 2006] Khadr states that he attempted to approach Canadian embassies in various nations and was rebuffed at all of them. He phoned his grandmother Fatmah Elsamnah while in Sarejavo and asked her to go to the Canadian media and tell them that he had been stranded and refused entry back into Canada. He was finally granted admittance to the Canadian embassy in Bosnia and was flown back to Canada on November 30.

On December 4, 2003 Khadr held a press conference with lawyer Rocco Galati and gave spurious answers to questions about his role in the War on Terror, not mentioning any alleged cooperation with the CIA. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_baksh/20031204.html Abdurahman Khadr: mischief or terror?] , "CBC", December 4, 2003]


In March, 2004, Khadr gave a series of three interviews to PBS, which became the focus of a documentary entitled Son of al Qaeda, after largely passing a polygraph, where he claimed that he grew up in "an al-Qaida family", and that he resented his father for associating with militants. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/khadr/ "Son of Al Qaeda" PBS documentary on Abdurahman Khadr] ] [http://humanrights.ucdavis.edu/projects/the-guantanamo-testimonials-project/testimonies/testimony-of-a-cia-asset/son-of-al-qaeda]

He has given a number of conflicting accounts of his life, many of which contradict each other. For example he has claimed that he was as young as 9 when he began attending Afghan training camps, and that he remained in them until as late as 2003, years after he'd not only been kicked out of the camps, but was imprisoned by the United States. He has repeatedly made comments suggesting that everything up until his most recent story was a lie.Toronto Star, "Sometimes innocent people pay the price", March 4 2004]

Passport issue

In July 2004, Khadr was denied a Canadian passport by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the explicit advice of Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham, by invoking the "royal prerogative". Graham claimed the decision was "in the interest of the national security of Canada and the protection of Canadian troops in Afghanistan." National security was not listed as a ground of refusal in the Canadian Passport Order at the time, thus requiring the use of royal prerogative. It was, however, added as a ground shortly thereafter on September 22, 2004 [ [http://www.passport.gc.ca/publications/pdfs/order_04_113.pdf "Order Amending the Canadian Passport Order"] ] . Under the terms of the amendment, the Minister was empowered to revoke or refuse to renew or issue a passport on national security grounds.

Khadr sought judicial review of the Minister's decision [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051205/khadr_passport_051205/20051205?hub=Canada CTV.ca | Khadr lawyer says passport denial violates rights ] ] . On June 8, 2006, the Federal Court ruled that the Minister did not have the power to deny Khadr's passport in the absence of specific authority set out in the Canadian Passport Order, but stated in "obiter dicta" that if the Order were to be amended (as it had been after the fact), Khadr would likely not be able to challenge the revocation [ [http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/en/2006/2006fc727/2006fc727.html "Khadr v. Attorney General of Canada] "] .

On August 30, 2006, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, then Peter MacKay, with the support of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, again denied Khadr's application, this time on the basis of the now-amended Canadian Passport Order [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060830/khadr_application_060830/20060830?hub=TopStories Ottawa again denies Khadr's passport application] , "CTV", 30 August 2006] .

Various claims

*Although Mahmoud Jaballah has said that he never met Abdurahman's father while in Peshawar, Abdurahman has said that he had seen Jaballah around the city.Bell, Stewart. National Post, "'A lot' of Canadians in al-Qaeda", August 1, 2004]
*When the CIA asked him for the names of Canadians who had attended Khalden, he listed Amer el-Maati, Ahmad el-Maati, Amr Hamed and another Canadian he knew only as "Idriss" who was arrested for conspiring to attack an embassy in Azerbaijan. He later claimed that Amer el-Maati had given his Canadian passport to Idriss.Freeze, Colin, Globe and Mail, "Canadians' ties with Chechen insurgents probed", October 16 2004]
*He has said that his family ran a guesthouse for Canadians wanting to train with al-Qaeda.

Movie deal

On January 9, 2005 Variety reported that there were plans to make a movie based on Khadr's life. [ [http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=upsell_article&articleID=VR1117915990&categoryID=13&cs=1 Osama insider in pic pact] , "Variety", January 9, 2005] Variety reported the movie deal might be worth "mid to high six figures" to Khadr. On June 5, 2005 Variety reported that Kier Pearson, the screenwriter for "Hotel Rwanda" would be working on a script for Paramount Pictures. [ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117923935?categoryid=1236&cs=1&s=h&p=0 'Rwanda' man plots CIA stint] , "Variety", June 5, 2005]

External links

* [http://www.thekhadrlegacy.com/ The Khadr Legacy] , a website maintained by the family
* [http://www.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/email.cgi?/2003/12/01/Khadrnewser_031201 Khadr thankful to be back in Canada] , "CBC", December 1, 2003
* [http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/en/2006/2006fc727/2006fc727.html Khadr v. Attorney General of Canada] , "Federal Court of Canada", June 8, 2006


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