Former Guantanamo Detainee and Bin Laden Bodyguard Appears in New Al-Qaeda Video

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.
December 10, 2015 Updated: December 16, 2015

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee has resurfaced in Yemen in a new video released by Al Qaeda.

Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission in July 2010, and agreed to cooperate with the United States in exchange for serving a shorter sentence.

Qosi was convicted of the charges stemming from his work as a bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden in the ’90s until after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York, although he only admitted to being a cook.

While questioned at Guantanamo, he was asked why he stayed true to bin Laden for so many years. Qosi said it was his “religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill the obligation of jihad and that the war between America and al Qaeda is a war between Islam and aggression of the infidels.”


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As part of his agreement, Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan in July 2012 as a free man. His views haven’t changed, according to a new video.

Qosi joined Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in 2014, reported the Long War Journal, and soon became one of its leaders.

Qosi and other AQAP commanders in the new video, titled “Guardians of Sharia,” discuss their time waging jihad.

The militants discuss how Al Qaeda encourages attacks from abroad, specifically celebrating jihadists who have carried out attacks such as the Kouachi brothers, who attacked the Charlie Hebo offices in Paris earlier this year.

“Qosi’s appearance marks the first time he has starred in jihadist propaganda since he left Guantanamo. His personal relationship with Osama bin Laden and time in American detention make him an especially high-profile spokesman,” the Journal reported.


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.