Sketches of Guantanamo detainees-Part II
A partial list of detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, compiled from transcripts of "enemy combatant" hearings and arranged by country of origin. The Pentagon released more than 5,000 pages of transcripts to The Associated Press. Names appear as they are spelled in the transcripts. Part II.
-- Abdul Majid Muhammad is accused of being a "watchman" for the Taliban who went on patrols and acted as a guard. He said he was a poor well-digger in Iran who occasionally dealt in opium and hashish. He was arrested twice in Iran. He said he went to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks because he wanted to get rich selling drugs, not to join the Taliban or fight Americans. "I wanted to serve myself," he said. "My plan was to get rich then put it behind me." He says he was picked up by the Northern Alliance near Ghazni.
-- Bisher al-Rawi, an Iraqi who lives in Britain, was arrested in Gambia and turned over to U.S. authorities. He and two friends, Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes, were suspected of links to al-Qaida and the radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. He told the tribunal he is from a wealthy family and went to Gambia with his brother to open a peanut processing factory. Al-Rawi, who said he provided information about the Muslim community to the British intelligence agency MI5, described Abu Qatada as a friend.
-- Ali Abdul Motalib Hassan Al Tayeea, 31, said he was a mechanic who was jailed under Saddam Hussein. He said he went to Afghanistan to find work and joined the Taliban. "If I had known the Taliban was against America, I wouldn't have gone," he said. He said he gave information to U.S. interrogators and other detainees consider him an enemy. "For this, I have asked the American government to help me with asylum because my life is in danger," he said.
-- Jamil Abdul Latif Elbanna, a Jordanian citizen who lived in Britain, was arrested in November 2002 in Gambia with Bisher al-Rawi. They were picked up while trying to board a plane to Britain with what authorities considered suspicious electronic equipment. Elbanna said he was arrested by U.S. agents working with Gambian authorities and first sent to the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan. The tribunal said he was suspected of being an al-Qaida member and of having helped radical cleric Abu Qatada. He was indicted in Spain for allegedly being a member of a terrorist organization. Elbanna denied any connection to terrorism. "In my whole life, I have never been a member of any terrorist organization or anything else to do with that," he said. "I have only prayed, worshipped God, and that is it."
-- Usama Hassan Ahmend Abu Kabir, 34, opened his hearing with a statement on conditions at Guantanamo: "Thank you for not abusing us mentally and physically; the guards have been kind and respectful to us at all times." He said he was a driver by occupation but also sold clothing with his wife from their home. Kabir acknowledged going to a conference in Pakistan organized by an Islamic charity that the U.S. says is linked to terrorism. Kabir said he went to Afghanistan in November 2001 "to help the government of (the) Taliban." He was captured by the Northern Alliance while trying to get back to Jordan. Of bin Laden, he said: "I stated he was a good man, a symbol of Islam, he fought against the Russians and he gave up the nice life and he lives simple."
-- Mohammed Fenaitel said he traveled to Afghanistan two days before the Sept. 11 attacks to see how his charitable donations were being spent. He lost his passport and was smuggled into Pakistan, where he hoped to reach the Kuwaiti Embassy. He said smugglers sold him to Pakistani authorities. "They pictured us as terrorists and turned us over to the United States," he said.
-- Abdullah Kamal, an assistant electrical engineer for the ministry of water and electricity, said he went to Iran after the Sept. 11 attacks with $15,000, almost of all of which he gave to the poor. He then traveled to Pakistan, where he was imprisoned before being taken to the Afghan city of Kandahar and then to Cuba. He was accused of having an F-91W Casio watch, which officials have said were used in bombs, but Kamal said he didn't know the timepiece could be used for terrorism.
-- Nasir Najr Nasir Balud Al Mutayri was accused of associating with the Taliban and engaging in hostilities against the United States, which he denied. He went to Afghanistan about a year before the Sept. 11 attacks and was accused of being on the front lines in the fight against the Northern Alliance. Mutayri denied being a member of the Taliban or al-Qaida.
-- Fouad Al Rabia, 45, said he worked as an engineer for Kuwait Airways and was part owner of a health club. He acknowledged he saw bin Laden four times in Afghanistan in June 2001 but denied providing money to al-Qaida. Al Rabia said he returned to Afghanistan in October 2001 to gather evidence that would persuade people to support a relief effort there, but was trapped in the country and ultimately handed over to the Northern Alliance.
-- Abdulaziz Sayer, a Kuwaiti who studied at the Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University, has a degree in Islamic law. Sayer said he met a man in Mecca who said he should go to Afghanistan to teach the Quran. He entered Afghanistan in October 2001 and did charity work there. His name was found on a computer hard drive after coalition forces raided a house. He denied being a member of al-Qaida or the Taliban.
-- Yunis Abdurrahman Shokuri helped set up a house for young Moroccans in Afghanistan. Authorities accused him of obtaining Kalashnikov rifles from the Taliban. He said they had one for protection but did not fight anyone. The house was closed after Sept. 11, 2001, and he left for Pakistan, where he was arrested. He is also accused of helping form the Moroccan Islamic Fighting Group and of associating with a man linked to an al-Qaida sleeper cell in Morocco. He said he never heard of the group and did not know anyone from al-Qaida. He said the U.S. government, in its search for terrorists, was arbitrarily rounding up people of Arab descent.
-- Assem Matruq Mohammad Al Aasami, also known as Walid Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Hizaji, said he went to Saudi Arabia and then Afghanistan to find work, not to fight a holy war. He acknowledged that he went to an al-Qaida-linked training camp, but said he did not realize what kind of camp it was. He said he was there when the Sept. 11 attacks took place.
-- Saifullah A. Paracha, a multimillionaire businessman from Karachi, was arrested on arrival in Bangkok, Thailand, in July 2003, held in isolation for 14 months in Afghanistan and then sent to Guantanamo. A computer science graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, he acknowledged meeting bin Laden twice, but denied all high-level offenses he was accused of, including making investments for al-Qaida members, translating statements for bin Laden, joining in a plot to smuggle explosives into the United States and recommending that nuclear weapons be used against U.S. soldiers.
-- Abdur Sayed Rahman identified himself as a poor chicken farmer. But the U.S. alleged he was either a Taliban military judge or the Taliban's deputy foreign minister. It emerged during the hearing that the deputy minister was Abdur Zahid Rahman, a near homonym of the detainee. Police searched Abdur Sayed Rahman's home in the fall of 2001. He was arrested and said he could not bribe his way to freedom. "An American told me I was wrongfully taken and that in a couple of days I'd be freed," Rahman said. "I never saw that American again and I'm still here."
-- Habib Rasool said he settled in Afghanistan in 2001, and that soon afterward the Taliban took him from his house to a compound in Kunduz. Held against their will, people at the compound were selected by lottery to fight, he said. Rasool said his number never came up before the Taliban surrendered to the Northern Alliance.
-- Zia Shah was a driver for the Taliban. "I went to Afghanistan to get a job as a driver. I did not care whom I worked for; it was just that the Taliban were ones to offer me a job," he said. He said he occasionally transported people who were armed, but mostly he carried food. After the U.S. invasion, he was asked to drive a vehicle with Taliban members to Mazar-e-Sharif for them to surrender, he said.
-- Abdul Aziz Sa'ad Alfaldi, whose transcript said one family name was missing, said his arrest may have been a case of mistaken identity. He denied fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan or having ties to al-Qaida, saying he went to Afghanistan to talk his brother into returning home.
-- Abdul Hakim Bukhary denied joining al-Qaida but said he met bin Laden 14 or 15 years ago while fighting in Russia. He traveled to Afghanistan to fight the United States after Sept. 11, 2001, but was jailed by the Taliban. The Taliban suspected him of being a spy after he said he liked slain Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massood, he said. After the U.S. invasion, he was sent to Guantanamo. "Prisoners here are in paradise," he said. "American people are very good. Really. They give us three meals. Fruit juice and everything!"
-- Mohammed Atiq Al Harbi (or Atiq Mohammed Al Harbi) said he had three fruit and vegetable selling businesses in Saudi Arabia. He said he went to Pakistan with about $12,000 in November 2001 to help Afghan refugees, but realized the best way to help was by donating the money to the Red Crescent. He said he was detained at a checkpoint as he headed to the Pakistani city of Quetta and was questioned by Americans. He said Pakistani authorities hid his passport, and that although the Saudi Arabian Embassy tried to help him, he believed he was sold by Pakistani intelligence to the U.S. He denied links to al-Qaida and attacking U.S. or allied forces. His name was allegedly found on a document recovered at a former residence of bin Laden in Kandahar.
-- Tariqe Al Harbi was accused of going to Afghanistan to fight the Northern Alliance. Harbi, who was about 18 at the time, said he went to help the poor and needy. Harbi said he left Al-Farouq, a military training camp run by Arabs, after two weeks and talked to the Taliban about helping the poor. But he didn't want to join the group and decided to go home. He went to Pakistan and asked authorities to take him to the Saudi Embassy but instead was taken into custody and turned over to the U.S.
-- Bandar Ahmad Mubarak Al Jabri said he received training from the Taliban in Afghanistan but was not a member and never fought against the Northern Alliance or the U.S. "I wanted to use the training provided to fight in Chechnya," he said. He said he went to Pakistan with the intention of going home to Saudi Arabia because his mother was sick. He said Pakistani officials turned him over to the Americans.
-- Abdul Rahman Owaid Mohammad Al Juaid said he was a student in Afghanistan who collected money at mosques to distribute to the poor. He fled the country when fighting broke out and Kabul fell, and turned himself in to Pakistani authorities. The U.S. alleged he provided money to the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, which is on a terrorism watchlist for providing support to al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. Juaid denied the allegation. The U.S. claimed one of the detainee's aliases was on a list of captured al-Qaida members on a computer hard drive. Juaid said he never uses an alias.
-- Mazin Salih Musaid said he was not Salah Al Awfi, a name that turned up on a computer hard drive seized during raids on al-Qaida safehouses in Pakistan. Musaid said he went to Afghanistan in the summer of 2001 for humanitarian purposes, to support -- but not fight for -- the Taliban government. "I went with good intentions and then realized bad things were happening and I wanted to get out," he said. He acknowledged owning a Casio F-91W watch, a model that has been used in bombs. "Millions and millions of people have these types of Casio watches," Musaid said. "If that is a crime, why doesn't the United States arrest and sentence all the shops and people who own them?"
-- Abdalaziz Kareem Salim Al Noofayee, 27 or 28, said he traveled to Pakistan sometime in 2001 for medical treatment for a bad back and was arrested March 2002 by police in a raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He said he had been at Guantanamo for three years. He was accused of attending a terrorist training camp in 1997 and of having a Casio F-91W watch. He said: "The watch I had is like the watch even some of the guards here have. So does that mean they are Taliban and al-Qaida?"
-- Rashid Abd Al Muslih Qa'id Al Qa'id, a principal from the al-Jouf region, said he traveled with two friends to help refugees on the Afghanistan-Iran border after the Sept. 11 attacks. Al Qa'id said he gave money to the refugees and when he tried to return to Iran, was told the border was closed. When he tried to leave through Pakistan, he and his friends were detained by the Pakistani police and handed over to the Americans. Al Qa'id denied associating with al-Qaida or working with a Saudi charity allegedly linked to the militant group. His two friends are identified as Wassim Allad Omar and al Nur. Al Qa'id said they were both held at Guantanamo. "Traveling to help refugees is a charge?" he asked. "It doesn't make sense."
-- Mohammed Barak Salem Al-Qurbi allegedly was identified as an al-Qaida operative by one of bin Laden's bodyguards. His passport showed he spent time in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in 2001. The tribunal said he used a trick to hide a stay in Afghanistan. Al-Qurbi also was alleged to be an operative linked to the suicide bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 sailors, on Oct. 12, 2000, and to have managed a hostel for the Taliban.
-- Yusef Abdullah Saleh Al Rubesh said his brother went to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban, which caused his parents great anguish, and that he followed to try to persuade his brother to return home. He said he was arrested by the Taliban for having music tapes and cigarettes and for having shaved. "I didn't know Afghanistan was a religious extremist country," he said. After several months, he said, he was released and found his brother on the Taliban's front lines fighting the Northern Alliance. They were both taken prisoner by the Northern Alliance and his brother was killed in captivity. He said he was tortured by Afghans and Americans into making false confessions.
-- Adnan Muhammed Ali Al Saigh said he answered a fatwah from a religious leader in Saudi Arabia to fight against Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Masood, who was assassinated in 2001. Saigh said he never fought against U.S. allies, though he acknowledged being with the Taliban. "I'm wondering why you are fighting my religion?" he asked the tribunal.
-- Abd Al Salam said he went to Pakistan and Afghanistan to see a doctor. "How could I be a member of Al Qaida and the Taliban if I was only there for three months?" he asked. "That was the first time for me to leave Saudi Arabia. ... I left when I was 17 years old and there is proof in the papers that were found by the Northern Alliance that show that we went there to get treatment in a hospital in Pakistan." Al Salam denied an allegation that his name turned up on a document in an al-Qaida house: "I think this accusation is false. It is made up, cooked up against us."
--Muhammad Al Utabyi said he was a university art student who traveled to Afghanistan to try to retrieve a relative from the dangerous north. He denied being allied with the Taliban, but said he attended the Al Aqsa military training camp in 2000 in Pakistan. "I was too young. As a juvenile, we never think of the dangers, or what happens in those situations," he said.
--Slah Muhamed Salih Al Zabe said he was a taxi driver in Mecca before moving to Afghanistan with his family in 1999. "The cost of living is cheaper in Afghanistan and they treat foreigners with more respect," Zabe said. He said he didn't think it would be a crime against the United States to recognize the Taliban government after the Sept. 11 attacks. He said he was detained after fleeing to Pakistan about a week before Kabul fell. "I am not an enemy combatant because I never fought against the United States or any other person," he said. "No one thought it was bad to go to Afghanistan. So I do not know if this is a crime. Even my trip to Afghanistan was very official. I had my passport stamped -- there was nothing for me to hide."
-- Mohammed Hussein Abdullah said he was "about 60" and had lived under U.N. refugee status since 1993 in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he taught orphans. Abdullah was arrested in raids on suspected al-Qaida houses connected to the Afghan Support Committee, which appears on a U.S. terrorism watchlist. The committee "belongs to the education social affairs ministry in Kuwait," he said. "So if this organization is a terrorist organization, talk to the Kuwaiti government." Abdullah denied ties to the Taliban or al-Qaida, and said his son-in-law, Mohammed Sulaiman, was also a detainee at Guantanamo. "If there is anybody here that should be called a terrorist, it should be the people that came to my house that took me at 2 o'clock in the morning in front of my children and grandchildren," he said.
--Hammad Ali Amno Gadallah asid he was an accountant in Peshawar for the Society for the Revival of Islamic Heritage.
-- Adel Hassan Hamad, who had been living in Pakistan, was accused of associating with al-Qaida. Authorities said he was employed by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said he had no involvement with al-Qaida. "I hate them and I pray to God not to let people among the Muslims carry (out) their ideas," he said. Hamad added that in Afghanistan he worked as the manager of a hospital helping Afghan refugees. After September 2001, he returned to Pakistan. He said he was arrested in July 2002 after returning from Sudan on his annual vacation.
-- Mustafa Ibrahim Mustafa Al Hassan was accused of belonging to a terrorist organization and going to Pakistan on his way to fight in Afghanistan. He denied that, saying he went to Pakistan to trade in clothing and to study. He said he was trying to leave because he couldn't get his visa renewed when he was arrested at a checkpoint in Pakistan. "When the investigators were interrogating me, when I told them I went there to trade and I went there to study, they hit me, they tortured me," he said. "They were torturing us with electricity and they made us walk on sharp objects. They hit us a lot, and because of the pain we just said anything."
-- Maasoum Abdah was accused of being a Taliban member. He said he went to Afghanistan in 2000 to get married and live because it was cheaper than Syria. He also was accused of operating a safehouse that contained Kalashnikov rifles. He denied the allegations. He was arrested crossing the border into Pakistan.
-- Abu Omar Al-Hamawe, a butcher, said he went to Iran and then Afghanistan in 2000 to try to make enough money to get married. "After the fall of Afghanistan, I had to leave because the Northern Alliance was killing Arabs and all of the Arabs were targets," he said. Al-Hamawe said he was arrested at the Pakistani border and turned over to U.S. forces. He disputed an allegation that his name turned up on a document discovered in an al-Qaida safehouse. "The name on the paper is Abu Omar Mohammad. ... There is no one named Mohammad in my family," he said.
--Muhammad Khantumani said he was an 18-year-old high school student when he left Syria in June 2001 to join his father in Iran, and later in Afghanistan. He denied belonging to the Taliban or al-Qaida. "In fact, I am against any person who commits hostile acts and violent acts." Khantumani said he and his father -- Abd al Nasir, who is also a Guantanamo detainee and who testified at his son's hearing -- were tortured in a Pakistani jail while Americans were present, and asked not to be returned to Syria. "We heard if we return there, they would kill us," Khantumani said.
-- Abd al Nasir said he traveled to Afghanistan in 1999 looking for work and was joined by his family in 2001. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he decided to leave Afghanistan but he and his son were separated from the rest of their family. They were arrested in Pakistan and claimed to have been tortured by Pakistanis while Americans looked on.
-- Zain Ul Abedin (initially listed as Jumma Jan), born in 1978, was captured in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, by coalition forces on July 3, 2003. He said they arrested the wrong man. He was accused of being a Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami Gulhuddin leader, and of carrying out a mission in Tajikistan with al-Qaida. Abedin said he came to Afghanistan in 1991 or 1992 as a refugee and was a taxi driver at the time of his arrest.
-- Zakirjan Asam went to Afghanistan in the spring of 2001. He was accused of being a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which allegedly has ties to the Taliban. Asam said he traveled to Afghanistan as a refugee and was turned over to U.S. forces because he could not afford a bribe.
-- Adel Ben, a Tunisian citizen living in Italy, migrated to Afghanistan in early 2001. He denied being part of the Sami Essid Network, which the U.S. says provides financial support to terrorist groups. He also denied providing al-Qaida members with fake passports so they could get to Europe. Ben said he went to Afghanistan after converting to Islam.
-- Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen living in Germany, was accused of planning to travel to Pakistan with Selcuk Bilgin, who participated in a suicide bombing. Kurnaz said he was unaware of the bombing, and that he and Bilgin were friends until 2000. He said he wanted to study Islam. Kurnaz said he was arrested in Pakistan, chained and put in isolation for a week before being handed over to Americans and taken to Cuba. "I am a Muslim, but I am not a terrorist," he said. "If I could prevent terrorism, I would. Islam is a peaceful religion."
-- Salih Uyar, 24 at the time of his hearing, went to Afghanistan in 2000. He was accused of living with an al-Qaida member and of associating with radical religious groups. At the time of his capture, he had a Casio watch. "If it's a crime to carry this watch, your own military personnel also carry this watch," Uyar said. "Does that mean that they're just terrorists as well?"
-- Oibek Bek, 26, said he was a member of the Uzbek armed forces and denied being part of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. He said he went to Tajikistan to buy apples to sell in Russia, but his passport was stolen and he could not go home. He said Tajiks fooled him into going to Afghanistan in November 1999, where he made a living trading cattle. In October 2001, he was told he could get new papers at Bagram air base. "There, I saw American soldiers," he said. "They just took me inside, they questioned me, and they kept me for a few days. I've been detained ever since."
-- Kamalludin Kasimbekov (or Kamoliddin Tohirjonovich Kacimbekov), 28, said he left Uzbekistan after a friend killed a policeman while driving Kasimbekov's car. He reached Afghanistan, he said, where the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took away his military ID, which he needed to go home. He said he worked for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in an auto shop and as an ambulance driver. He is alleged to have been trained to use weapons.
-- Emad Abdalla, a 25-year-old student, was captured at a university dormitory in Faisalabad, where he was studying the Quran, the Muslim holy book. He is accused of going to Afghanistan to participate in jihad, going to a training camp and then to Kandahar and Tora Bora. He was captured with up to 15 others.
-- Agnahn Purhan Abjallil, from Orday, Yemen, was accused of belonging to al-Qaida, and with going to a militant training camp in Afghanistan. He denied the allegations and said the military mistook him for someone else. He said he left Yemen to seek medical treatment after a stroke, and expressed frustration about his classification as an enemy combatant.
-- Faris Muslim Al Ansari denied he was a Taliban fighter. He said his family left Yemen when he was about 4, moving first to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan. He said his father helped the Afghans fight the Soviet Union. "The Taliban were nice to people like my father because it is a good, humane thing to do," he said.
-- Fahed Abdullah Ahmad Ghazi is accused of being an al-Qaida fighter who trained in Afghanistan and was later chosen to go to Tora Bora and become one of bin Laden's bodyguards. He said he went to Afghanistan to escape problems in Yemen. "I was not in Tora Bora by choice," he said. "The only choice I had was to listen to the people who led me from one place to another. I thought Tora Bora would be a safe haven on the way out of Afghanistan." And he said: "It would have been impossible for Osama bin Laden to trust a 17-year-old with only nine days of training to become a trusted bodyguard."
-- Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hamiri was accused of association with al-Qaida, of going to a militant training camp in Afghanistan in 2001, and of speaking with bin Laden at a safehouse. He was captured by Pakistani forces with a group of Arab fighters while trying to flee in December 2001. "All of those charges he said were made up in order to keep him and other Muslims at this camp," his legal representative said.
-- Mohammed Hassan (or Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Al Udien) was at Salafia University in Pakistan studying the Quran. While there, he said, he heard of a house with Yemeni people and went to visit them. He was arrested in Faisalabad.
-- Issam Hamid Ali Bin Al Jayfi, 25, described himself as a government clerk and wayward youth, using tobacco and drinking alcohol, who was persuaded by a more religious friend named "Sammy" to go to Afghanistan. Never having been outside Yemen, he said he thought it would be like Europe, a place where he could live freely. Once in Kandahar, the friend told him they had come to fight. He said he fled to Pakistan, where villagers turned him over to police.
-- Karam Khamis Sayd Khamsan, a Yemeni soldier, denied links to the Taliban and al-Qaida. He said a Yemeni arranged to send him to Pakistan to act as human collateral in a drug deal. Khamsan was detained in Pakistan.
-- Hussein Salem Mohammed, born in 1977, was accused of belonging to al-Qaida, staying at an alleged al-Qaida guesthouse in Afghanistan, and associating with a group accused of aiding al-Qaida. Mohammed acknowledged traveling illegally across borders, saying he was trying to get to Europe to apply for refugee status.
-- Musad (also referred to as Musab) Omar Al Mudwani denied fighting in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban and al-Qaida. "I had a visa for one month only," he said. "I wanted to see how things were and come back home. When the events (of Sept. 11, 2001) happened, I still had a few days left on the visa. The roads were closed and I could not leave." After the fall of Kabul, Al Mudwani made his way to Pakistan, where he was arrested in September 2002. He said he had seen bin Laden twice in Afghanistan, but had no real contact with him.
-- Ahmed Abdel Qadar said he had wanted to return to Yemen, and was arrested in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He said he went to Pakistan because he wanted to study computers, but could not find a course taught in Arabic.
-- Mohammed Ahmed Salam was accused of associating with forces engaged in hostilities against the U.S. He traveled to Pakistan in May 2001; authorities said the trip was paid for by an Islamic group that is a front for terrorist activity. Salam said he went to Pakistan for a medical procedure on his nose. He denied the organization paid for his trip.
-- Said Salih allegedly attended two speeches by bin Laden in Afghanistan and worked for al-Qaida as a guard at Kandahar airport. The transcript said he was captured following a firefight in Karachi, Pakistan, along with several alleged members of al-Qaida on Sept. 11, 2002. Salih said he did not participate in the firefight.
-- Hani Abdul Muslih al Shulan said U.S. officials allege he supported the Taliban and was found with a Casio watch. Shulan was accused of being in Tora Bora during the U.S. air campaign. He said he was passing through on his way to Pakistan. Shulan said he was a student who went to Afghanistan to find a job and save money. He found work as a chef's assistant north of Kabul, he said.
-- Mohammad Ahmad Ali Tahar denied any ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
-- Mohammed Ali Salem Al Zarnuki, a farmer, said he went to Pakistan to study religion. After four months, he said, he visited Salafia University in Faisalabad, where he stayed at a house with other Yemenis. He said Americans arrested him and about 13 others. Al Zarnuki denied the allegations against him, which included being a member of al-Qaida and the Taliban.