The Department of Defense announced last week that charges have been filed against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani of Zanzibar, Tanzania, for his alleged role in the Africa Embassy bombings (August 1998) and his activities within Al Qaeda afterwards.
Most of the charges refer to his specific role in the embassies attacks. In addition, he was also charged with being a top documented forger from late 2001 until his capture in the summer of 2004. Ghailani supplied Al Qaeda activists with passports, identification documents and travel Documents for operational purposes, some of them part of specific preparations of terrorist attacks.
These charges turn the spotlight to a small but very important unit that operates within Al Qaeda's special operations unit (responsible for all the external operations of the organization). The members of this unit are fully occupied with the creation of forged documents for Al Qaeda activists and operate directly under the chief of the external operations unit. Interestingly, this unit was mostly composed of Al Qaeda African activists and it seems that Ahmad Salim Swedan and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed were members of this unit as well.
Click here to view the full charges report by the Department of Defense.
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