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Othman Ahmad Othman al-Ghamdi, from a video released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Othman Ahmed Othman Al Omairah (also transliterated as Othman Ahmad Othman al-Ghamdi) is a citizen of either Yemen or Saudi Arabia, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 184. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts estimate he was born in 1973, in Shabwa, Yemen.

Inconsistent identificationEdit

Othman was identified differently on official US documents and official Saudi documents.

He was identified as Othman Ahmed Othman Al Omairah on official lists of captives from April 2006, May 2006 and September 2007, and on the memos that summarized the allegations against him.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

But, on June 25, 2006, the USA repatriated 14 men to Saudi Arabia, including a man the Saudi government identified as Othman Ahmad Othman al-Ghamdi.[7]

The DoD reports that he was a citizen of Yemen.[1][2]

Combatant Status Review Edit

Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for his tribunal. The memo listed the following allegations against him:[5]

The detainee is associated with al Qaida:
  1. The detainee traveled to Afghanistan on a forged passport.
  2. The detainee traveled in response to a fatwa for Muslims to fight.
  3. The detainee provided a false name when captured.
  4. The detainee received weapons training on the Kalashnikov, the PK machine gun, and the Makarov pistol at the al Farouq training camp, for one month from October -- November 2001.

Administrative Review BoardEdit

Detainees whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal labeled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to assess the threat a detainee may pose if released or transferred, and whether there are other factors that warrant his continued detention.[8]

Summary of Evidence memoEdit

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Othman Ahmed Othman Al Omairah Administrative Review Board, on 20 September 2005.[6] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention. His memo was three pages long.

Guantanamo recordEdit

There is no record that Othman Ahmad Othman al-Ghamdi chose to attend either his Combatant Status Review Tribunal or his Administrative Review Board hearing.

Transfer to Saudi ArabiaEdit

On June 25, 2006 14 men were transferred from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia.[7] A Saudi identified as Othman Ahmad Othman al-Ghamdi was identified as one of the released men.

Named on a Saudi "most wanted" listEdit

On February 3, 2009 the Saudi government published a list of 85 "most wanted" suspected terrorists, that included an individual identified as "Othman Al-Ghamdi".[9] This list contained ten other former Guantanamo captives. Half of the eleven former captives listed on most wanted list were also from among the eleven men repatriated on November 9, 2007—in spite of their annual reviews recommending continued detention.

The Saudi Gazette reported he "is believed to have traveled to a neighboring country" with his brother-in-law, fellow "most wanted" suspect and fellow former Guantanamo captive, Adnan Al-Sayegh, leaving behind his wife and son.[9]

Reported the death of Fahd Al JutayliEdit

The Yemen Post reported on September 27 that Othman Al-Ghamedi and Yousuf Al-Shahri had had contacted their families requesting that they pass on news to the family of Fahd Saleh Sulaiman Al-Jatili that he had died during a military action by Yemeni security officials.[10]

Reported to have appeared in a militant videoEdit

On May 28, 2010, Thomas Joscelyn, writing in The Long War Journal, reported that former Guantanamo captive "Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi" had recently appeared in a video entitled, "America and the Final Trap".[11] Joscelyn reported that the tape was released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and that Othman had confirmed that three of the group's leaders had been killed in an air strike in December 2009. Joscelyn reported that the tape described Othman as one of the group's commanders.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 OARDEC (2006-04-20). "List of detainees who went through complete CSRT process". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index for Combatant Status Review Board unclassified summaries of evidence" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  4. OARDEC (August 9, 2007). "Index to Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for ARB Round One" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 OARDEC (14 October 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Omairah, Othman Ahmed Othman". United States Department of Defense. pp. page 91. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 OARDEC (20 September 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Omairah, Othman Ahmed Othman". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 13–15. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Thirteen Saudis and a Turkistani return to Saudi from Guantanamo, Middle East News, June 25, 2006
  8. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". March 6, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Names keep climbing on infamous terror list [1] Mansour Al-Shihri, Khaled A-Shalahi 2009-02-07 mirror
  10. Saudi Wanted Suspects Killed in Yemen Fighting [2] 2009-09-27
  11. Former Gitmo detainee featured as commander in al Qaeda tape [3] Thomas Joscelyn 2010-05-28

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