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Gitmo Confession Tainted by Torture, Judge Says
By AVERY FELLOW
(CN) - A federal judge in
Hatim was captured in Pakistan in November 2001 and was held for six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was allegedly beaten and threatened with rape.
"The government's allegations rest almost entirely upon admissions made by the petitioner himself - admissions that the petitioner contends he made only because he had previously been tortured while in
The government claimed that Hatim trained at the al-Farouq terrorist camp, stayed at al-Qaida safehouses, and fought against
"[T]he government faces a steep uphill climb in attempting to persuade the court that the petitioner's detention is justified based on the allegation that he trained at al-Farouq, given that the sole evidence offered in support of that allegation is tainted by torture."
Hatim never admitted to fighting against the
Hatim has been detained at
US forges alliance with Saddam Hussein officers to fight al-Qaeda
American counter-terrorism specialists and Saddam Hussein's former intelligence officers have forged an unlikely alliance in
By Adrian Blomfield in Sana'a
Published: 7:00PM GMT 06 Jan 2010
Baathist officers who fled
The two sides were enemies on the battlefield just seven years ago but have been brought together by the failings of
Although mutual suspicions linger, the collaboration is said to have achieved some intelligence breakthroughs and helped instil greater efficiency and professionalism within the most elite Yemeni counterterrorism outfit.
Co-operation with the former Baathist officers, who fled
The US-Iraqi alliance was born out of frustration over the incompetence and suspected al-Qaeda sympathies of many within
"We do not know where the allegiance of many in the intelligence apparatus lies," said a western diplomat.
According to many
Nasir al-Wahayshi, AQAP's highly effective leader, and several suspects linked to the bombing of the
Under pressure from the
It has taken credit for providing intelligence that led to air strikes last month which,
A number of former Iraqi officers, some of them members of Saddam's feared intelligence service, the Mukhabarat, were recruited to the service.
"They are involved in training and also intelligence gathering," said a former Yemeni security officer.
At the outset of its intervention in
Many fled to
"After the collapse of the Baathists in
The Yemeni president was a strong ally of Saddam, and is said to have regarded him as his mentor. He even earned the sobriquet "Little Saddam" for the way he aped the Iraqi leader by wearing a revolver holstered at the seat of his trousers.
Mr Saleh also gave refuge to the relatives of Saddam's top henchman, including the families of Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister, and Izzat al-Douri, one of the Iraqi dictator's closest military allies.
But Mr Saleh's allies also include a number of Salafists, whose puritanical interpretation of Islam is shared by many in al-Qaeda. Many fought against the Soviets in
Although a majority eschew bin Laden's doctrine of violence, the presence of so many Salafists in the government could explain why the CIA did not tell Yemen it had received intelligence of an AQAP plot to set in motion "a Nigerian bomber."
While acknowledging that the Americans and Iraqis do work together, a Western diplomat said the relationship remained ambiguous.
"It shouldn't be overstated but, yes, it looks like there is some crossover," he said.
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