Tue Jul 10, 2012, 11:05 AM
Robb (38,357 posts)
Al-Qaida leader released from Mauritanian jail after renouncing terrorism
Source: Washington Post
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, who was a senior adviser to al-Qaida, was released from a prison in Mauritania over the weekend, his family confirmed.
Sidi Ould Walid said his brother was released after renouncing his ties to the terror network and condemning the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Hafs refused to be interviewed or to be filmed as he left the prison on Saturday.
On militant forums on Monday, jihadists exchanged congratulations over the release. Hafs was an adviser to Osama Bin Laden who helped form the modern al-Qaida by merging bin Laden’s operation with Ayman al-Zawahri’s Islamic Jihad.
Hafs spent years in custody in Iran before being extradited to Mauritania in April. Walid says his brother was interrogated multiple times and his release indicates he is no longer seen as a threat.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/al-qaida-leader-released-from-mauritanian-jail-after-renouncing-terrorism/2012/07/09/gJQAEZnHZW_story.html
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