June 16th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

U.S. 'designates' al Qaeda operative in Yemen

As the United States devotes more attention to the threat posed by the burgeoning al Qaeda group in Yemen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added another name to the list of "designated" terrorists. He is Othman al-Ghamdi, a Saudi national who is one of the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – and a former detainee at the US base at Guantanamo Bay.

The designation, published Thursday, says al-Ghamdi "has been involved in raising funds for the organization’s operations and activities in Yemen.  He has also worked with other AQAP members to plan and stockpile weapons for future attacks."

In a video from the group released a year ago, he was identified as AQAP's operational commander. In that video, he appears alongside the group's military commander, Qasim al-Rimi,  and another leading figure in the group, Fahd al-Quso, who is wanted for his alleged part in the bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000.

Al-Ghamdi served in the Saudi army until he deserted in 2000, and for a while thought of going to Chechnya to join Muslim rebels against Russian rule. But in the end he went to Afghanistan for training and fought on the front-lines against the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance before going to Tora Bora, al Qaeda's stronghold in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Captured soon after Tora Bora fell, he was sent to Guantanamo Bay – but in 2006 was  released into a "rehabilitation program" in Saudi Arabia.

After completing his "rehabilitation" al-Ghamdi slipped into Yemen (probably sometime in 2009) and rejoined al Qaeda.

AQAP itself  was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in January 2010.

Designation means that no US individual or entity can have any financial dealings with al-Ghamdi, and is designed to restrict the group's ability to raise funds. In practical terms, it has limited influence. Intelligence analysts say al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula raises money through mosques and radical religious schools in Yemen. Its leadership has also boasted of its ability to plot cheap but devastating attacks (such as the "printer bombs" planted on cargo planes headed to the United States.)

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  1. C.Cantu

    The Devil tempted Jesus by offering Him the kingdoms, their wealth and all the pleasures of the world as long as Jesus worshiped him. Precisely that is what Islam offers to Muslim monarchs and leaders as long as they worship the Anti-Christ and do whatever it takes to keep Him above all things. Islamic monarchs owe their wealth, absolute power, their hundreds of concubines and pleasures to Satan, it is logical to maintain, glorify and expand Satan' rule over the world providing all the necessary means to his followers to execute their evil commands.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
  2. Frank

    America needs to erect a giant energy forcefield over the entire country and only people with properly micro-chipped passports and properly identified vehicles can pass through without being fried. Give mad scientists incentive to invent it by allowing them salvage rights to the property of anyone zapped trying to enter the US without permission.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • Caelyn

      All of my qusteonis settled-thanks!

      September 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  3. RM

    I can think of many who could be potential candidates for adding to the terror list Netanyahu, Shiva Sina Party – India, Glenn Beck types, Bush jr the mad bomber et al.... to begin with. It just depends who is preparing the list.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  4. Erik Young

    All these problems with Iraq and Afghanistan relate to the Heroin Cartel from Woking Surrey UK... furthermore the fall of respect for African leaders all started to happen after they locked Heroin out of Africa.. President Mugabe does not have a history of abusing his people.. it all started in relatively recent years after the African Leadership Consortium blocked Heroin out of Africa... it is from this time most of the post WW2 genocide/attrocities have taken place in Africa and other parts of the world....
    The Heroin Cartel using the "Democracy Vehicle" to disguise their hidden agenda...

    June 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  5. Erik Young

    In the 1970s there was surveillance that sourced intelligence about these Heroin people in the UK ... amongst other matters I remember the serious concern about the plans of the Heroin Cartel to infiltrate British politics... by choosing suitable people and spending years and years without any close contact until they reached positions of power.... some of these choosen few seemed to have been fostered children.... Napier may have lived at the main Pyrford Place near Newark Abbey Ripley Surrey UK....but down the road in Pyrford there was a second Pyrford Place which was the home of many fostered children..... If Obama's mother was really from the Dun family who were based in Dublin, notorius as the most dangerous gangsters in Ireland in their day, then where she and her husband and the remainder of their family really come from... according to some research they appear to include the Payne family.. Cynthia Payne was the subject of a movie about her house of prostitution... was Leslie Payne nick named the Lieutenant allegedly employed by the Cray twins from the same family ??? If this is correct Obama as President must have the first multi-crimeworld link background of any USA President...
    I am becoming very very suspicious he was a placed and financed by people in the Heroin trade and crime so they could gain a grip on US politics and escape their land and property fraud forgery deception homicides illicit drugs and serious crimes from easily being brought to justice.......
    I recall I was warned of their plan years ago.... to place selected people into the political word, banks etc and wait and wait until they had reached the high positions in future years......

    June 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  6. Brian Smith

    The WHOLE war on terror is a fraud....EVERYONE knows that but is afraid to admit it.

    WTC7 was a 47 story skyscraper that felkl on 9/11. IT WAS NOT HIT BY A PLANE. For the first time in history a steel super structure fell down from fire. WAKE UP YOU MORONS....YOU EVER HEARD OF THE REICHSTAG?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  7. Erik Young

    So if the rumour is correct and President Obama is not a child of Ann Dunham (sounds a bit like the Duns of Dublin gangsters in Ireland) and wasn't born in the USA or one of its States.. but was from the origin of some of the worlds worst criminal networks many of whom are former WW2 Gestapo families.. perhaps he himself is a serious security risk for the USA.... perhaps someone spent years and years and years positioning parts of their network, by specifically have zero contact with them until they reached those positions of power.. a UK PM.. Asian PMs.. USA President.. Sec Gen of NATO they all have suspicious grey areas they seem to have hidden ..... ALL of them seem to have had some association with members of the Heroin Cartel, Satanic Games and Cult organisations for example The Church of Scientology..... Get rid of that creep Obama ASAP he is a fraud

    June 22, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  8. Erik Young

    I suspect Michael Napier is a friend of ABHisit "Mark" Vejajiva PM of Thailand.. certainly I have a recollection of seeing Napier in one of the go go bar areas of Bangkok in past times.. he has a distinctive look.. he gave me the creeps.. perhaps he has been helping others to use a front man for another persons ID to steal their inheritance ??????
    Verdict: GUILTY as charged and guilty of corrupting members of Her Majesty's Court Service and The Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police... the outcome may have played a part in some of the world's worst terrorist attroctities taking place.. even the 911 attacks upon the USA.. perhaps he knows President Barack Obama as well. does President Obama know Michael Napier a UK Judge and Solicitor ... ?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  9. Erik Young

    Michael Napier and Ken Winn-Pope are the subject of a financial and documentation theft and fraud upon a Mrs Esla Crow (formerly Breda) of Nottinghill Gate London UK and Oslo Norway who instructed Napier of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors as her UK solicitor.. she was told she had no money left everything was gone by Napier.. the result was she starved herself to death too ashamed to live off the support of others.... London Metropolitan Police never investigated the suspicious death.. but then Napier has friends in the Metropolitan Police in the UK ... who seem to have been friends of Shinawatra as well and Napier may have been a heroin user for many years... for sure is is nothing to do with any God respecting religion.. perhaps he is a member of The Church of Scientology ??

    June 22, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
  10. Erik Young

    Michael Napier of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors London is linked to Winn-Pope whom he may have used to be another persons ID in land and property fraud for years in the UK. This attaches Napier to the Heroin trade and their funding of world terrorism including Al-Qaeida.. Napier may the rogue Judge The High Court Judges were trying to identify for years.. he may have visited Thailand in the past and assisted in poisoning the reputation of Americans.... Napier has lived near Woking Surrey not far from the heroin network of this part of the UK... he and Winn are very very very devious men who seeem to gain pleasure out of other people suffering

    June 22, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
  11. Erik Young

    One method used by the Heroin Cartel to mess up people who do not do what they want is by wrapping the Heroin or Cocaine in cling film plastic that has a purple-violet tint .. this is high in ultra-violet light content will contaminate the substances causing an itinitial flue like feeling and may even poison the user and kill them.. this has been happening in the UK .. Guildford Police Station in Guildford Surrey UK have a warning to Heroin users about poisoned Heroin but did not know what was poisoning the users.. it is the wrapping they are using.. in my opinion done intentionally by friends of Shinawatra and his Heroin Mafia.... a Mr Ken Winn-Pope is part of this group

    June 22, 2011 at 11:01 am | Reply
  12. Erik Young

    So if Al-Qaeida want to serve any useful purp[ose go and kill these bastards who p[roted satanism as a game in Thailand many who originated from Walton Rd Woking and surrounding areas.. their nactions were thoroughly satanic with the aim of stealing other peoples children and material assets.... they arrogant attitude underpinned by Shinawatra at their head who was PM of Thailand at the time they commenced their evil campaign which killed thousands of Thais... who were slaughtered not satanists cold blooded murder by British Domiciles based in Thailand after joining Mr Shinawatra's mafia part of the Heroin Cartel

    June 22, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
  13. Erik Young

    Since October 2003 Shinawatra and his friends in his mafia network have terrorised my life, intimidating taunting and terrifying my friends they decimated my personal life their intent to ensure I had nobody left in my life I loved.. they are using a broadcast system to 24/7 365 terrorise me psychological terrorism since 2003.
    There have been a huge number of deaths and serious accidents that have happened to my family and friends since 2003.. Poisonous stories claiming my father and I are child sex abusers in my case they circulated stories in Thailand where I lived for nine years that I was a convicted child sex offender who had been in prison for these crimes in the UK.. amongst others they circulated these stories into the crime and terorist networks of Thailand.. Hundreds of my friends have vanished without trace... The NHS in the UK aided and abetted their poisonous rumours with falsified medical diagnosis attempting to have me permanently sectioned in a secure mental hospital unit.. Their attempt overturned 14 days later by a specilised tribunal who stated I should never have been sectioned I was not mentally ill but traumatised from being terrorised... Shinawatra recruited people from Woking Surrey UK some of these people spreading damaging propaganda about the USA

    June 22, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
  14. Erik Young

    One local government group in Woking who had a reputation in the 1970-1980s for messing up families were the Woking Social Services sometimes sending children to foster parents who were connected to "The Occult" and part of the Heroin network. Many of the girls they fostered ended up working in bars in Thailand and some in massage parklours. I know this because I found some of these girls over the years.. they did not know who they were or where they came from anymore very very confused by the time they were adult girls..

    June 22, 2011 at 9:54 am | Reply
  15. Erik Young

    For years people from The Middle East frequented Bangkok.... the seemingly helpful plain clothes Thai Police nicknamed the Thai CIA are just an extension of the Heroin Thai Mafia.. together with others they spent years and years and years bad mouthing people of the USA demonising them when they spoke with their Moslem vistors... then there are the part of this Heroin network who originated in part from Woking Surrey living in Thailand on other peoples IDs they too were brainwashing the Middle East visitors into hating Americans.... Shinawatra and his UK friends were nothing more than a criminal network linked to the Heroin Mafia... some have returned to the UK unable to remain in Thailand too scared they will be found out and killed

    June 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  16. Erik Young

    Why doesn't the US Government give Al-Qaeida a list of the real satans the people who hide behind the IDs of religions and other peoples names so at least they are doing something that helps human beings.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
  17. JOE

    So who should be added to the new global list of terror? Try John Boehner and the Republican Party. That's right because they keep stepping in the way of the UN mission to bring Moammar Ghadaffi to justice by their constantly attacking and criticing president Obama for our participation in this very important UN mandated mission. And what is to say about the legitimacy and purpose of the United Nations when it passes resolution to take specified actions against a dictator and the GOP continues to step in the way and attack its own president and government for our participation in this very important mission? And why aren't the Democrats in congress speaking up and telling the GOP to shut to fu-k-up? What the fuc-k is wrong with the democratic Party? Let's face it, if you MF don't want to do the job you were elected to do, then you all should pack your fuc-g bags and go home and let real leaders take charge. And have you heard the latest? John Boehner and the GOP are considering bringing up charges against president Obama for invading Pakistan air space and killing Osama Bin Laden. That's right John Boehner was also quoted as saying that OBL shouldn't have been killed because their sources told them he had his hands up. Well, John Boehner and the GOP can all drink Cool-Aid and go join OBL.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • Petrus

      JOE – YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY A MORON. PREZ OBAMA MUST SEEK APPROVAL THRU CONGRESS TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS AGAINST LIBYA. IT'S THE LAW... WHAT PART OF THAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

      June 22, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply
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    June 17, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • kathy fedson

      you're baked

      June 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  19. Peikovian

    I saw GWB and Dick Cheney walking with Satan down by the river. Of course, Satan looked like a dog, and GWB looked like someone else, and Dick Cheney was invisible so I didn't really see him. But I know it was them.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  20. Terry Brookman

    Where is Pakistan? Could it be that under federal law we cannot do business with a terrorist nation and Dick Chaney/Halliburton
    want to build the Russia to India pipe line, that would guarantee we go to war with Iran. The future is not what it used to be.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply

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