Thursday, April 27, 2006

Update: Yemenis in Guantanamo

The Yemen Observer is saying that there are at least 105 Yemenis in Guantanamo. This differs slightly from the 137 that al-Sharq al-Awsat reported in today's edition. The brief suggests that there are more than 105 Yemenis in Guantanamo, but that they aren't all named in the report. Here is a story from the Independent on the 558 people the Pentagon named.

More later, hopefully.

Also for anyone interested in a good laugh, read the al-Quds al-Arabi story on al-Zindani escaping yet another assassination attempt from April 25. (The PDF file is no longer available, but the link above will still provide the story.) I finally got a chance to skim it, and it seems that al-Zindani's house has been a gathering point for "crazy people" in recent weeks, and three assailants blended in with the crazies in an attempt to knock off the sheikh. One guy even had a big stick. How the sheikh ever survives is beyond me.

Other highlights from the article: al-Zindani's brother-in-law has written articles that have aided the US in targeting al-Zindani. Neither the name of the brother-in-law or the publication in which he published are mentioned by name. A council of religious scholars in Mecca has approved al-Zindani's married friends fatwa, which according to the story was originally issued 25 years ago in Germany - it only came back into circulation in 2003 after al-Zindani gave an interview to the magazine: لها I am not familiar with the magazine - but al-Zindani discusses the fatwa in much more depth in a 2003 interview with al-Hayat, which I'm currently going through.


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