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Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad is a citizen of Yemen currently held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number is 41. The Department of Defense reports that he was born on June 15, 1980, in Burayqah, Yemen.

As of March 28, 2010, Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad has been held at Guantanamo for eight years two months.[2]

Combatant Status Review Edit

Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal, listing the allegations that led to his detainment. His memo accused him of the following:[3]

a The detainee is a member of the Taliban.
  1. The detainee was an Usama Bin Laden [sic] bodyguard.
  2. The detainee stayed at a Kandahar guesthouse in Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee admits traveling to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban.
b The detainee participated in military operations against the coalition.
  1. The detainee served on the front lines in Afghanistan before retreating after September 11, 2001
  2. The detainee was armed with an AK-47, three magazines and two anti-personnel grenades.
  3. The detainee trained at the front lines on the proper technique to throw grenades.


There is no record that Ahmad participated in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.

Habeas corpus petitionEdit

He has had a habeas corpus petition released on his behalf.[4]: An dossier of unclassfied documents from his Tribunal was released in 2005.

Administrative Review BoardEdit

Detainees whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal labeled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to assess the threat a detainee may pose if released or transferred, and whether there are other factors that warrant his continued detention.[5]

First annual Administrative Review BoardEdit

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Majid Abdu Ahmed's first annual Administrative Review Board, on 3 November 2005.[6] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.

The following primary factors favor continued detention

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee learned of th Afghan jihad. In his second year at the Farqan Institute he decided to fight for the Taliban.
  2. The detainee heard about jihad at the Mosque he attended and fell in love with the idea of dying for the sake of God.
  3. The detainee telephoned Sheikh al-Wadi and received a fatwa to go to Afghanistan for jihad.
  4. The detainee fought for the Taliban for two years.
b. Connections/Associations
  1. Upon his arrival in Quetta, Pakistan, the detainee stayed in a Taliban safehouse.
  2. Upon his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, the detainee stayed in a Taliban safehouse.
  3. Another detainee states that the detainee became a bodyguard for Usama Bin Laden around August 2001.
  4. The detainee stayed in a Taliban safehouse named "Otagh" in Kabul as he retreated from the front lines.
  5. The detainee was with Usama Bin Laden in Tora Bora after the fall of Jalalabad.
  6. The detainee arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan and spent time at the Hamza al Qa'eeti guesthouse.
  7. The detainee was observed in Kandahar and Kabul with other Usama Bin Laden bodyguards.
  8. The detainee was seen in the Madafa, in October.
c. Intent
  1. The detainee wanted to go directly to the Taliban front lines and be killed.
  2. The detainee was excited about the fighting and wanted to engage the enemy but was not allowed to leave his unit. The detainee was willing to die and wanted to fight.
d. Detainee Actions and Statements
  1. The detainee said the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were a direct result of unfair United States policies in place worldwide. The detainees then compared the killing of the innocent civilians in the World Trade Center to the non-combatants killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  2. The detainee called the interviewing agents, "Infidels", and made statements advocating death to Infidels.
  3. When asked where he would go if released, the detainee replied that he would go anywhere he wanted and it was none of our business.
  4. The detainee stated that all Americans are infidels and they will go to hell. He advised that Americans do not believe in God or the prophet Mohammed. When asked his opinion of Muslim Americans, the detainee responded that Muslim Americans were not true Muslims and would go to hell as well. In addition, Jews and Christians are infidels regardless whether or not they are "People of the Book".
  5. The detainee stated that Usama Bin Laden is a sheik and commander of all Muslims. He is a good Muslim and fights against the unbelievers.
  6. When asked about how he was captured, the detainee stated he was captured because America is a strong nation and controls the world. He said that God will torture the Americans because they are corrupt.
  7. The detainee stated that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were very small in scaled and he wishes for greater destruction nad torture to fall upon Americans. He also reported that he hates Americans because they are all infidels and corrupts.
  8. The detainee stated that Americans killed innocent Muslims in Afghanistan.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

a. The detainee denied any association or affiliation with the Taliban or al Qaida. The detainee denied ever having stayed at the Madafa house in Kabul.
b. The detainee denied being a bodyguard for Usama Bin Laden and claimed to have never seen Usama Bin Laden.
c. The detainee denied ever being trained to fight.

Second annual Administrative Review BoardEdit

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Majid M Abdu Ahmed's second annual Administrative Review Board, on 26 September 2006.[7] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.


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