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Al-Qaida Yemeni Chief Set Free from Guantanamo

Monday, 28 Dec 2009 11:11 PM

At least one leader of Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen was freed from the US prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, according to a Pentagon list released in May.

Al Qaeda's Arabian peninsula branch has claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day bombing Northwest Airlines flight from the Netherlands to Detroit.

The Pentagon list names 27 ex-prisoners who resumed terrorist activities after being released from Guantanamo, including Said Ali al-Shihri, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and later implicated in the 2008 bombing of the US embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

ABC America named former Al Qaeda leader in Yemen, Muhammad Attik al-Harbi, as another unrepentant former Guantanamo prisoner.

ABC America says al-Harbi and another man were released from Guantanamo and sent to Saudi Arabia to participate in an art therapy program.

Once they completed the program, they were set free.

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