He was in Iran prison , released, entered Turkey illegally and was herded by the CIA in Jordan while he was on his way to Kuwait.
Why and how he was released by Iran is a mystery!
How the CIA snatched him is not clear.
Hope the CIA caught the right man!
There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law.’
Records compiled by a United Nations sanctions committee show that Abu Ghaith was born in Kuwait in 1965, but that he left Kuwait for Pakistan in June 2001.
At one point, he married one of bin Laden’s daughters. Her identity was not immediately known.
After the September 11 attacks, Abu Ghaith first surfaced as one of al-Qaeda’s main spokesmen.
Later, U.S. officials believe he was part of a group of top figures in the group that included one of bin Laden’s sons, Saad, who allegedly traveled to Iran, where the Iranian government claimed they were ‘in custody.’
The Long War Journal, a counterterrorism blog published by the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, reported in 2010 that Abu Ghaith had been released by Iranian authorities and supposedly had returned to Afghanistan.
Senior Republican Rep Peter King announced Ghaith’s arrest on Thursday, hailing it as a ‘very significant victory’ in the ongoing fight against al-Qaeda.
King, the former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said the CIA and FBI had caught Ghaith within the last week.
He said the arrest was confirmed by U.S. law enforcement officials.
Ghaith had allegedly taken part in the September 11 plot against the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Turkish newspaper Hürriyet reported that Ghaith was passing through Jordan, on his way to Kuwait from Turkey when he was apprehended.
Terror: After the September 11 attacks, Abu Ghaith first surfaced as one of al-Qaeda’s main spokesmen
The newspaper said that Ghaith was initially taken into custody more than a month ago at a luxury hotel in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Turkish officials decided he had not committed any crime in Turkey and released him the newspaper reported.
A Turkish court reportedly ruled that Abu Ghaith entered the country illegally from Iran on a fake passport and was ordered to be deported.
As a result of that ruling, Abu Ghaith was seized in Jordan by CIA agents while en route to Kuwait.
Ghaith had been considered ‘stateless’ since since he lost his Kuwaiti citizenship after videos emerged showing him praising the September 11 attacks.
However, Turkish officials refused to confirm Ghaith’s deportation or his capture in Jordan to The Associated Press.
In Amman, the Jordanian capital, a security official said he had no information on the CIA arrest.
U.S. intelligence officials in Washington did not immediately respond to request for information about Ghaith either.
‘I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice,’ Congressman King added.
In 2002, under pressure as the U.S. military and CIA searched for bin Laden, prosecutors said Abu Ghaith was smuggled into Iran from Afghanistan.
Tom Lynch, a research fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, described Abu Ghaith as one of a small handful of senior al-Qaida leaders “capable of getting the old band back together and postured for a round of real serious international terror.”
“His capture and extradition not only allows the U.S. to hold – and perhaps try – a reputed al-Qaida core survivor, further tarnishing the AQ core brand, but it also points to the dangers for those few remaining al-Qaida core refugees,” Lynch said.
Abu Ghaith’s trial will mark one of the first prosecutions of senior al-Qaida leaders on U.S. soil. Charging foreign terror suspects in American federal courts was a top pledge by President Barack Obama shortly after he took office in 2009 – aimed, in part, to close Guantanamo Bay.(Huffington Post)
- The videos that made bin Laden’s son-in-law famous (foreignpolicy.com)