Gitmo Detainee: Saudi Royal Aided Terrorists

The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses sending dust and smoke into the streets 11 September, 2001, in New York. Two planes crashed into the towers which later collapsed. AFP PHOTO/Aaron MILESTONE (Photo credit should read AARON MILESTONE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Jerusalem Post reports: A suspected al-Qaida operative detained at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, claims that a member of the Saudi royal family helped recruit terror operatives before the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to a recently released transcript by the Pentagon.

Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi recalled that a unnamed figure referred to as “your highness” by a religious figure in the organization was consulted by telephone before he was sent to the US to carry out an unfulfilled operation involving the use of an airplane.

Al-Sharbi, who studied as a college student in Arizona, made the comments to the Periodic Review Board at Guantanamo Bay in June, 2016. The Periodic Review Board makes recommendations concerning the release or continued detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

The Pentagon released a transcript of al-Sharbi’s comments on Thursday.

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